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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Little Falls Man Pleads Guilty To Theft Of Public Money

MINNEAPOLIS—Today in federal court, a 65-year-old Little Falls man pleaded guilty to stealing approximately $47,951 from the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). Bruce Holman pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money. Holman, who was indicted on September 11, 2012, entered his plea before United States District Judge Richard H. Kyle.

During the hearing, Holman acknowledged that he has received Social Security Disability Insurance payments since 1992. Since that time, he was aware that he had an ongoing duty to promptly notify the SSA upon imprisonment for a felony conviction. From June of 2007 until March of 2011, Holman was imprisoned by the State of Minnesota for a felony conviction. However, he never notified the SSA of his conviction or imprisonment. Thus, he continued receiving Social Security Disability Insurance payments throughout the term of his imprisonment. The total amount of Social Security Disability payments he received while imprisoned was approximately $47,951.

For his offense, Holman faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison, as well as possible fines and forfeitures. Judge Kyle will determine his sentence at a future hearing, yet to be scheduled. This case is the result of an investigation by the SSA’s Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Calhoun-Lopez.



Updated April 30, 2015