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New Jersey Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Stealing Social Security Benefits. New York, NY., February 08, 2011

Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2011-02-08.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.

OIG Investigative Reports, New York, NY., February 08, 2011 - New Jersey Man Sentenced in Manhattan Federal Court for Stealing Social Security Benefits
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 08, 2011
CONTACT:    U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
ELLEN DAVIS, CARLY SULLIVAN,
JERIKA RICHARDSON, EDELI RIVERA
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
(212) 637-2600
NEW JERSEY MAN SENTENCED IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT
FOR STEALING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, announced that WILLIAM JENKINS, a
New Jersey resident, was sentenced yesterday in Manhattan federal
court to ten months in prison for stealing his deceased mother’s
social security benefits. JENKINS previously pled guilty in
Manhattan federal court on October 5, 2010, before U.S. District
Judge JED S. RAKOFF.
According to the Information to which JENKINS pled
guilty, the criminal Complaint previously filed in this case, and
statements made during the guilty plea and sentencing
proceedings:
JENKINS, 54, of Jackson, New Jersey, had access to his
mother’s bank account into which the Social Security
Administration ("SSA") direct deposited her monthly social
security benefit. During the guilty plea proceeding, JENKINS
admitted that, after his mother passed away, he failed to so
notify the SSA, and instead, from June 2008 through November
2009, withdrew the monthly benefits from that account for his
personal use. In total, JENKINS admitted that he stole
$30,079.33 in social security benefits. In addition to imposing
10 months in prison, Judge RAKOFF imposed a term of three years
of supervised release and ordered full restitution.
Mr. BHARARA praised the investigative work of the U.S.
Department of Education, Office of Inspector General and the
Social Security Administration.
This case is being handled by the Office’s Public
Corruption Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney CARRIE H. COHEN is in
charge of the prosecution.
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