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New Year, Old Problems: Couple Sent to Jail for SSA Disability Fraud

Posted on Feb 01, 2012

The year 2012 has arrived and so has another raft of Social Security disability fraud cases. On January 6, the Seattle Times reported the sentencing of a Mill Creek couple for a long-time fraud operation.

Anthony George, 37, and his wife, Roxanne George, 35 were prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office when they discovered that he was claiming disability while she claimed to be his sister and neighbor.

In 1982, Anthony George’s mother was able to obtain a second Social Security number for her son under the name of “Sonny Fisher.” As soon as George turned 18, he applied for disability benefits. Every time he was interviewed by the SSA, George, using the fictitious name Sonny Fisher, claimed to be disabled and incapable of working at a job.

Meanwhile, in 2010, Roxanne George claimed that she was “Sonny’s” neighbor and testified that the man who is actually her husband was disabled and unable to work. She claimed that Fisher had only $100 in his checking account.

Federal officials found that, in truth, George made a good living buying and selling cars. He was found to be living in a $430,000 house and with a bank account that held $10,000.

In other documents and home visits, the Georges claimed to be brother and sister in order to dupe the government.

Roxanne George, all on her own, ripped off the state of Washington for $67,510 in various public assistance benefits.

In the end, the couple was sentenced. Anthony George was sentenced to 27 months in prison and $198,148 in restitution. His wife received a six-month prison sentence and $91,527 in restitution. Both pled guilty to Social Security fraud.

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