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Polk County Man Charged with Embezzling Social Security Funds

January 19, 2012

Tampa, Florida- United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Gary Lee Hoskins a/k/a Gary Smith (73, Auburndale) with theft of Social Security Administration funds. If convicted, Hoskins faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. The indictment also notifies Hoskins that the United States is seeking a money judgment in the amount of $102,279.31, the proceeds of the theft.

According to the indictment, Hoskins collected supplemental security income (SSI) under his own name. From December 1995 through May 2011, he also collected SSI under the name Gary Smith, to which he was not entitled. SSI is a needs based program that is administered by the Social Security Administration. It seeks to provide assistance to aged, blind, and disabled people who have little or no income. An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of the federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stacie B. Harris.









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