LOCAL MAN, CRISTINO NUNEZ, PLEADS GUILTY TO THEFT OF GOVERNMENT MONEY
CRISTINO NUNEZ, age 48, a resident of New Orleans, pled guilty in federal court today before U.S. District Court Judge Susie Morgan to theft of government money, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.
According to the court records, from March 2001 through July 2011, NUNEZ stole approximately $186,917.50 from the Social Security Administration by obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance payments and other benefits to which he was not entitled.
NUNEZ faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for November 20, 2013.
The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Chandra Menon.
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