Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Two Kansas men have been sentenced in separate federal cases of Social Security fraud.
In the first case, 54-year-old L.T. Baker of Wichita was sentenced to one year in federal prison and ordered to repay the Social Security Administration $66,354 after pleading guilty to making false statements to the SSA in order to receive disability payments.
According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Baker had been employed since 2000, but used a second Social Security number that had been issued to him with a slightly different name so the SSA wouldn't know he was employed.
In the second case, 40-year-old Paul David Lieder of Hillsboro pleaded guilty to the same charge and was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to repay $24,000 to the SSA.
In his plea, Lieder admitted to using his father's Social Security number so that he could work without the SSA finding out. The crime was discovered when his father applied for Social Security benefits.
The Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General investigated both cases.