Faking an illness is wrong.  Every kid who has ever claimed to be sick so he or she didn’t have to go to school knew it at the time.  Kids grow up and most of us recognize as adults that this behavior is unacceptable.  The fraudster in today’s Fraud of the Day from LawyersForSocialSecurity.com apparently never learned that lesson because he has been found guilty of collecting Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for claiming an illness that never existed.

According to the blog, the defendant admitted that he applied for Social Security benefits in March of 2006, claiming he suffered from memory loss that made it impossible for him to work.  He secured documentation for his (fake) “injury” by altering his speech, writing and appearance during a medical evaluation, earning himself a diagnosis of early on-set Alzheimer’s disease.  (Seriously?  Who is this guy?)  He used the diagnoses to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and ultimately received more than $144,000 in benefits.

He faces up 10 years in federal prison.

Sometimes finding a fraudster boils down to old fashioned shoe leather.  The charges and subsequent guilty plea are a direct result of cooperation between the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hermantown Police Department.   Keep up the great work!

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