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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Virginia

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bristol, VA Man Pleads Guilty To Theft Of Government Property, Making False Statements

David Ross Faces Prison Sentence

ABINGDON, VIRGINIA -- A 71-year-old Bristol, Va. man charged with the theft of Social Security Administration benefits and a series of false statements he made in an attempt to hide his alleged thefts, pled guilty in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon.

This afternoon, David Ross, 71, pled guilty to one count of making false statements and six counts of theft of government property. At sentencing, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison on the false statement count and up to 10 years in prison for each theft of government property count.

Ross admitted today that he stole and knowingly converted to his use and the use of another, Social Security Benefits paid for the benefit of his mother, Sally Brodsky, who had died in 1971. In all, Ross is charged with stealing $318,492 in Social Security Administration benefits intended for his deceased mother.

In addition, Ross admitted that he made false statements to officials with the Social Security Administration regarding the timing of the death of his mother. Specifically, on December 1, 2010, Ross told officials with the Social Security Administration that his mother was not available for an interview because she had traveled out-of-state to visit family. On December 7, 2010 and again on February 23, 2011, Ross contacted the Social Security Administration and informed them that his mother had died while visiting family in New Jersey on December 5, 2010. All of the above statements were made by Ross with the knowledge that his mother had died in 1971.

The investigation of the case was conducted by the Social Security Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Bockhorst is prosecuting the case for the United States.

Updated April 14, 2015