States Attorney's Office District of Connecticut
|April 25, 2011||
DANBURY RESIDENT WHO ILLEGALLY
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JEAN E. JONES, formerly known as Jean Henley, 61, of Danbury, was sentenced today by United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to three years of probation for illegally receiving $45,619 in Social Security disability benefits. JONES also was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and to pay full restitution to the government.
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.
According to court documents and statements made in court, for several years, JONES received Social Security disability benefits for herself and her daughter. However, the Social Security Administration eventually terminated those benefits when it learned that JONES had been working while receiving them. On April 30, 2002, JONES applied to reinstate her disability benefits and represented that she was no longer working. On the application, JONES claimed that she had last worked on November 13, 2001. As a result, she again began to receive disability payments for herself and her daughter.
Despite her representations that she had last worked in November 2001, JONES actually was working at the time of the application and continued to work while she received payments from the Social Security Administration. JONES received $45,619 in benefits over a two-year period before her benefits were again terminated.
On February 3, 2011, JONES pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property having a value of less than $1,000.
This matter was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul A. Murphy.
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