New Jersey Man Sentenced to Prison for SSA Disability Fraud Scheme
Posted on Jul 06, 2012
A fraudulent Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefit scheme has landed a Hackettstown, New Jersey man in jail. Pasquale Zinna, 44, pled guilty to two counts: Social Security disability fraud and structuring financial transactions.
Zinna was sentenced June 6, 2012, to six months in prison, six months of home confinement, and three years of supervised release for his fraudulent actions. In addition, he was ordered to pay Social Security $101,753 in restitution.
Janeen Zinna, 43, and his wife, was also sentenced for her part in the scheme. She will serve two years’ probation and perform 100 hours of community service.
Judge Katharine S. Hayden in Newark federal court heard the case. According to court documents, Zinna applied for SSA disability insurance benefits in 1999, claiming a back injury had disabled him and he was unable to work. His application was accepted and he began receiving benefits.
By September 2005, Zinna was working as a project superintendent for a cement sub-contractor on a high-rise project in Jersey City. He did not report his return to work to Social Security, and arranged for his paychecks to be issued in other names, including his wife’s.
In addition, Janeen Zinna admitted that she had filed a fraudulent 2007 federal income tax return with her husband. This tax return falsely stated that she received income from the cement company for work she had performed; in fact, her husband was the one working.
Zinna and his wife were further ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Katharine S. Hayden to pay $98,000 for illegal financial transactions.