Finally Caught: Seattle Couple Guilty in SSA Disability Fraud Case
Posted on Dec 30, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011 will be a day to remember for a Kent, Washington couple who pleaded guilty to a disability fraud scheme. But the memory will not be a good one.
Ronnie George, 49, and Nancy Stone, 45, stole more than $320,000 in a disability fraud that lasted over 20 years. Appearing in Seattle U.S. District Court, the couple struck a plea agreement that could result in up to five years behind bars and $250,000 in fines when they are sentenced in January.
George admitted to receiving Social Security Administration benefits beginning in 1990, claiming a mental disability. He claimed that he was unable to take care of his daily needs and that he played with “my cars and cowboys and GI Joes.”
In both 1999 and 2009, George reported that he had never worked and that Stone was his caregiver. In reality, Stone was his common-law wife and the couple ran a successful business buying, repairing and selling used vehicles.
The fraud did not end with the SSA fraud. According to the plea agreement statement, Stone received more than $150,000 additional benefits from the state of Washington DSHS to act as George’s caregiver. They also ripped the state off for $10,000 for his medical bills. Finally, they bilked the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development out of $14,000 for housing assistance.
When the dust settles and the couple is sentenced, the Massachusetts disability specialists at Keefe Disability Law would like to see the maximum penalty applied in this disturbing case.