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HARTFORD MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO
SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD CHARGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JESUS GARCIA, 59, of Hartford, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to one count of Social Security fraud.

According to court documents and statements made in court, GARCIA received Social Security disability payments beginning in January 2002 and continuing through September 2008, for documented medical conditions.  However, GARCIA intentionally failed to report to the Social Security Administration (SSA) his receipt of unearned income in the form of Travelers Indemnity Company workers compensation payments, which reporting is required for Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients.

GARCIA’s workers compensation benefits totaled $22,976.52 between March 2002 and November 2005.  As a result of GARCIA’s failure to report receipt of these workers compensation benefits and other resources to the SSA, GARCIA received approximately $11,711 more in SSA benefits than he would have otherwise received.

GARCIA is a pastor at the Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal El Rapto Church, located at 554 Wethersfield Avenue in Hartford.

Judge Droney has scheduled sentencing for November 14, 2011, at which time GARCIA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

This matter was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Deborah R. Slater.

 

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT:

U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722
thomas.carson@usdoj.gov

 

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