Washington County Sentenced to Prison
for 27 Months for Stealing SSI Benefits
Contact: Jim Moore
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that
Anthony Dinsmore, 51, of Columbia Falls, was sentenced to a period of 27 months of
imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $19,554 in restitution by Chief
Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. for knowingly making a false statement to the Social Security
Administration and for stealing Supplemental Security Income, a welfare benefit for people who
are blind, disabled or elderly and whose income is below specified levels. The defendant was
found guilty of the theft of SSI benefits after a two-day trial in March of 2012.
According to evidence introduced at trial, Anthony Dinsmore intentionally misled the
Social Security Administration by falsely claiming that he was living alone when in reality he
had been living in the same household with his wife and she was receiving income on a monthly
basis which would have made the defendant ineligible for SSI. Testimony at trial established
that Dinsmore had submitted a forged form and false claimant statements to the Social Security
Administration, stating his wife was living at a separate location. The evidence showed that the
defendant had stolen in excess of $90,000 from the federal government in SSI benefits during a
period of approximately 15 years.
Dinsmore had been arrested and his bail was revoked on April 10, 2012 following the
trial when he was discovered to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, his sentence
was increased because he was found to have obstructed justice during an investigation conducted
by the Social Security Administration regarding his eligibility for SSI benefits.
The investigation was conducted by the Office of the Inspector General for the Social
Security Administration with assistance from the Maine State Police. U.S. Attorney Delahanty
said, "It is important that benefits such as SSI only be received by those who are entitled to such
assistance. Those who contemplate stealing government benefits should know that the Office of
the U.S. Attorney is committed to prosecuting program fraud." Special Agent-in-Charge Scott
Antolik from the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General said "Anthony
Dinsmore has been convicted of pilfering from the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program
for over thirteen years. The purpose of SSI is to provide basic income for the disabled poor, and
we will continue to ensure that it is not used to line the pockets of swindlers."
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