Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty in SSA Disability Fraud Case
Posted on Feb 27, 2012
Kevin V. Leday, 46, has entered a guilty plea in a Western District of Louisiana federal court. Leday faces up to a ten-year jail sentence for stealing over $40,000 from the government-run Social Security Administration disability program.
The story began in December 2011 when Leday was charged for theft of government funds. The charges stem from his application for Social Security disability insurance benefits in April of 2002. He claimed that he was unable to work due to an injury.
Stephanie A Finley, the U.S. attorney, said, “As a part of the claim, he signed a form certifying that he would notify SSA if his medical condition improved and he was able to return to work.” She said that Leday was approved for benefits and collected them for himself and his dependent children from July of 2002 through September of 2010.
Finley also said that “The defendant returned to work in July of 2006, but failed to notify SSA and continued to receive payments. . . . Leday admitted at the plea hearing that he was aware he had a duty to truthfully and timely report his work activity but failed to do so.”
The total amount Leday illegally received from the SSA was $41,805.60. Sentencing has not been set, but the defendant faces up to ten years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.
The Massachusetts disability lawyers at Keefe Disability Law applaud the efforts of Special Agent Mark Barnes of the Social Security Administration in the investigation of this case, which will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joseph T. Mickel.