Baltimore SSA Disability Program Employee Convicted of Fraud
Posted on Oct 17, 2012
Baltimore resident Christopher George Perry, 50, was convicted on September 27, 2012, on charges of Social Security disability fraud, federal health benefit program fraud, and health care fraud. According to prosecutors, the man received more than $150,000 in benefits he was not entitled to.
A jury heard the case, which was held in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. According to the evidence presented by the prosecution, Perry first received long-term disability payments from the Social Security Administration in 1996. Even though he went back to work that same year, he continued to receive benefit checks.
A couple of years later, Perry applied for and began to receive Medicare benefits for his disability as well. Then, in 2007, he was able to secure a low-income subsidy for prescription drugs through Medicare. Throughout this period, he continued to draw disability benefits while attending college and working at various jobs.
In 2007, Perry was hired to work for the Social Security Administration disability program authorizing benefits for long-term disability cases, earning about $38,000 a year.
Perry will be sentenced on January 3, 2013. He could be facing a 20-year prison term, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.