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Another Social Security Disability Case Ends in Prison Time

Posted on Jan 29, 2012

A Las Vegas man was sentenced to two years in federal prison on January 12, 2012. 58-year-old Nelson Vazquez was convicted of bilking the Social Security Administration’s disability program for over $525,000 in illegally gotten benefits.

Vazquez received the benefits in spite of the fact that he was running an accounting firm. It is quite possible that Vazquez’s profession as an accountant helped him find ways to cheat the government.

The theft of benefits occurred over two time periods. The first happened between the years 1976 and 2000. The second, from February 2003 to September 2010, netted the Las Vegas man over a half million dollars of government money.

U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden, who prosecuted the case, reported that Vazquez, who pleaded guilty to theft of government funds in October 2011, was sentenced to two years and ordered to pay restitution to the government and to serve three years of supervised release after his prison time is served.

The U.S. District Judge in the case, Larry Hicks, rendered the decision. Vazquez will be required to begin serving his prison sentence by March 12 for his crimes.

A comment by a reader, Robert Walker, sums up what so many feel when people commit disability fraud: “Social Security works really well for the criminals. But those of us who are honest . . . are starving to death. More than half a million in seven years? Good work if you can get it.”

The Massachusetts disability attorneys at Keefe Disability Law applaud the decision in Las Vegas and caution you not to be discouraged by stories like these. Too many undeserving fraudsters take money from the hands of truly deserving disabled Americans.

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