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New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court to Stealing Social Security Benefits. New York, NY., 09/30/2010

Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2010-09-30.

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

OIG Investigative Reports, New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court to Stealing Social Security Benefits
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
CONTACT:    U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
YUSILL SCRIBNER,
REBEKAH CARMICHAEL,
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EDWARD RYAN
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NEW JERSEY MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MANHATTAN FEDERAL COURT
TO STEALING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS
PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, BRIAN HICKEY, Special-Agent-in-
Charge of the Northeast Region of the U.S. Department of
Education, Office of the Inspector General, and EDWARD J. RYAN,
Special-Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Division of the
Social Security Administration ("SSA"), announced today that
WILLIAM JENKINS pled guilty in Manhattan federal court to
stealing his deceased mother’s social security benefits.
According to the Information to which JENKINS pled
guilty before U.S. District Court Judge JED S. RAKOFF, the
criminal Complaint previously filed in this case, and statements
made during the guilty plea proceeding:
JENKINS, 53, of Jackson, New Jersey, had access to his
mother’s bank account into which the SSA direct deposited her
monthly social security benefits. After failing to notify the
SSA of his mother’s death, JENKINS withdrew the monthly benefits
from that account for his personal use from June 2008 through
November 2009. In total, JENKINS stole $30,079.33 in Social
Security benefits.
JENKINS pled guilty to theft of government funds, which
carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum
fine of $250,000, or twice the gross gain or loss from the
offense. In addition, pursuant to JENKINS’s plea agreement with
the Government, JENKINS will forfeit $30,079.33 to the U.S.
Government as full restitution. JENKINS is scheduled to be
sentenced by Judge RAKOFF on February 7, 2011.
Mr. BHARARA praised the investigative work of the U.S.
Department of Education, Office of Inspector General, and the
Social Security Administration.
Assistant U.S. Attorney CARRIE H. COHEN is in charge of
the prosecution.
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