Brewerton male admits using gain of Social Security mistake, retains $33,000 that was not his

Brewerton, N.Y – After a error created by the U.S. Social Security Administration, a Brewerton person gathered a lot more than $33,000 of a person else’s benefits for nearly two decades, in accordance to federal prosecutors.

Frederick L. Guth Jr., 66, pleaded guilty Thursday to theft of govt property, according to a information launch Friday from the U.S. Attorney’s Place of work for the Northern District of New York.

Guth faces up to 10 yrs in jail and a high-quality of up to $250,000, in accordance to the U.S. Attorney’s Office environment. A choose could give Guth a decreased sentence.

When Guth submitted for Social Stability in 2016, the Social Stability Administration entered the very last digit of his SSN incorrectly resulting in his declare currently being processed beneath the title of a different person, in accordance to Guth’s plea settlement submitted in courtroom.

Guth’s primary claim remained pending and was subsequently accepted, in accordance to the plea agreement.

In November 2016, Guth began receiving two payments, a single was detailed under his SSN and the other beneath the SSN of the other person, according to the plea settlement. Guth failed to notify the Social Stability Administration and commenced shelling out the revenue even with understanding he was not entitled to it, the plea settlement said.

By the time the Social Protection Administration understood the mistake in July 2018, Guth had spent $33,812 of the Social Safety advantages underneath the identify of the other personal, according to prosecutors.

In addition to a probable $250,000 good, Guth is essential to return the additional income he acquired, prosecutors mentioned.

Guth’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for Nov 30, 2021.

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