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NORWALK BROTHERS INDICTED AFTER
SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD INVESTIGATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2011

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven has returned an indictment charging two brothers with federal offenses stemming from the alleged illegal receipt of their mother’s Social Security benefits after she had died.
           
The indictment alleges that PAUL WIEGMAN, 54, of Norwalk, took Social Security Retirement Insurance Benefit and Widow’s Benefit payments made to his deceased mother.  According to statements made in court, after his mother died in December 2002 until approximately March 2010, it is alleged that PAUL WIEGMAN received a total of $90,188 in Social Security benefits intended for his mother.
           
The indictment further alleges that, in May 2010, when questioned by federal agents from the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General, GARY WIEGMAN, 53, of Norwalk, told agents that his mother was still alive.
           
The indictment, which was returned on December 15, charges PAUL WIEGMAN with one count of theft of government property, and GARY WIEGMAN with one count of making a false statement.
           
If convicted,  PAUL WIEGMAN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of up to $250,000 and an order of restitution.  GARY WIEGMAN faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.
           
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
           
This matter is being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Felice Duffy.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONTACT:

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

 

 

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