Double-Dip: Man Convicted Social Security and VA Fraud

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The owner of a Boston-area insurance agency has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after being convicted of stealing disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).

Patrick J. Quinn was convicted of the charges in April.

“While the government recognizes that the defendant has served this country with honor and suffers from numerous health problems, he must still be held accountable for his choices,” prosecutor Mackenzie Duane said in a memo about the sentencing. Herald. “It is also indisputable that Defendant’s PTSD did not prevent him from working as he ran and operated a prosperous insurance company.”

The Justice Department said after the trial that Quinn illegally obtained $420,000 in veterans’ and Social Security benefits, “by falsely telling the VA and SSA that he was unable to work because of a disability, when in reality he owned and operated the Quinn Insurance Group. , Inc.”

A Marine Corps veteran who claimed PTSD prevented him from working, he nevertheless reaped the benefits while running a successful business. He also constantly told the government that he was still entitled to the benefit.

In another recent case, a forty-five-year-old West Virginia woman was ordered to pay $84,509 in restitution and placed on five years’ probation after being convicted of stealing government benefits.

The woman, the US Attorney for West Virginia said, “received $84,509 in Social Security (SSA) benefits on behalf of a deceased relative. [She] admitted that she was not legally entitled to these benefits when her relative died in April 2012. [She] further admitted that she converted the money for her own use and that she knew her behavior in receiving those benefits was wrong.

Finally, last month a California man was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay $696,912 in restitution for conspiracy to defraud the United States, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, said the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California.

“[He] conspired with a former Social Security Administration (SSA) employee and others to use personally identifiable information stolen from SSA records to commit identity theft against beneficiaries to obtain their funds. This was an egregious crime and his role was unscrupulous,” SSA Inspector General Gail S. Ennis said in the government’s statement.

“This punishment holds him accountable for his actions and for restitution to the injured party. We will continue to protect the integrity of SSA programs from those seeking to defraud taxpayers. I thank the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General and the FBI for their valuable assistance with this investigation and the US Attorney’s Office for pursuing this case.”

Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who also contributes to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. Stephen, co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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