States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|March 4, 2010||
FORMER DANBURY RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD
Nora R. Dannehy, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that DOUGLAS MAYNE, also known as “Douglas Maine” and “Douglas Rodriques,” 48, formerly of Danbury, pleaded guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Ellen Bree Burns in New Haven to one count of Social Security fraud.
According to court documents and statements made in court, from approximately January 1996 to November 2000, MAYNE received $59,035.60 in Social Security Title II Disability Insurance Benefits to which he was not entitled.
The Social Security Administration Title II Disability Insurance Benefits program is administered to individuals who cannot work due to a disability that must last or be expected to last for at least one year, or to result in death.
MAYNE received the benefits while he continued to work. In addition, MAYNE made false statements on several forms that he was required to submit to the Social Security Administration when applying for the disability benefits.
On July 14, 2005, a federal grand jury in Bridgeport returned an indictment charging MAYNE with one count of Social Security Fraud and one count of making a false statement. MAYNE remained a fugitive until he was arrested in August 2009 in Florida where he was living under an assumed identity. He has been detained since his arrest, and today he pleaded guilty to Count One of the indictment.
Judge Burns has scheduled sentencing for May 21, 2010, at which time MAYNE faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.
This investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant United States Attorney Alina P. Reynolds.
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