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Missouri Man Indicted on SSA Disability Fraud Charges

Posted on Jun 11, 2012

A federal grand jury in Kansas City, Missouri, indicted an Independence man in April 2012 on charges related to a $212,000 Social Security Administration (SSA) fraud scheme.


A press release, issued by David M. Ketchmark, acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, indicates that Charles Daniel Koss, 62, faces a five-count indictment. The charges include “two counts of theft of government money, one count of Social Security disability fraud, one count of passing a fictitious instrument with the intent to defraud and one count of mail fraud.”


Heading the list in terms of cost is the charge that Koss allegedly collected Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits he was not eligible to receive from September 1994 to January 2010. During this time period, Koss was allegedly working as a mortgage broker and did not inform the government agency of this fact. According to the indictment, Koss is alleged to have bilked the system of about $212,768.


Koss originally began receiving SSA disability payments for myoneural disorder and hypertension in 1987. But in 1994, Koss allegedly began a real estate business, Embassy Mortgage, with his wife. He was a loan officer and office manager for their enterprise.


The indictment states that Koss is accused of creating a false trust account drawn on the U.S. Treasury, to pay back his undeserved benefits when he found out he would have to repay the government for what he had received while working.


The indictment also accuses Koss of receiving a one-time $250 economic stimulus payment aimed at Americans who were eligible for disability insurance benefits.

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