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Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud Charges

Posted on Oct 11, 2011

A Missouri man pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud charges in September 2011 in Kansas City federal court, after fraudulently receiving almost $140,000 in disability benefits.

Centerview plumbing company owner, Kody Ray Erisman, 35, accepted a plea agreement that states that he and his wife, Danelle, deliberately concealed his work activity from the Social Security administration. The scheme netted the couple $139,967 in disability benefits.

Citing anxiety-related and affective mood disorders, Erisman successfully obtained benefits for himself and ancillary benefits for his wife and four children in 2002. In 2003, the couple began D.E. Plumbing. Although the company was supposedly owned and operated by Danelle, her husband worked full-time on many contracted projects, netting the couple about $11,000 to $70,000 a month.

The Erismans also successfully applied for and received $500 monthly economic stimulus payments. Evidence offered included photographs and investigators' eyewitness accounts of Erisman doing physical labor and operating heavy equipment at job sites.

Erisman could face up to ten years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000 when sentencing is handed down.

The attorneys at Keefe Disability Law always welcome news that fraudsters have been stopped because we work with so many deserving, honest people who truly need disability benefits. If you or a loved one needs help with your disability claim, please call us toll free in Massachusetts at 888-904-6847. We also serve clients in New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.

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