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Boxing Judge Charged with Unlawfully Collecting Social Security Disability Benefits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 27, 2009

Las Vegas, Nev. – Federal fraud charges have been filed against a licensed Nevada boxing judge alleging he unlawfully collected approximately $250,000 in Social Security disability benefits.

Paul G. Smith, 65, of Las Vegas, is charged in a one-count Indictment, returned by the Federal Grand Jury on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, with committing Social Security Fraud. The Indictment alleges that from about September 1994 to December 2005, Smith fraudulently failed to notify the Social Security Administration that he had been working as a licensed boxing judge in Nevada and that he was involved with various businesses in a capacity inconsistent with his status as a disability benefits recipient. Had Smith disclosed these events to the Social Security Administration, as he was required to do by law, he would not have been authorized to receive disability insurance benefits. It is estimated that between September 1994 and December 2005, the Social Security Administration paid Smith approximately $250,000 in disability benefits. During this same period of time, Smith allegedly received payment for refereeing approximately 107 boxing matches and was involved with various businesses in several different capacities inconsistent with his disability status.

If convicted, Smith faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Smith was summoned, and is scheduled for an initial appearance and arraignment on June 12, 2009 at 8:30 a.m..

The case is being investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the Social Security Administration. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul S. Padda.

The public is reminded that a Indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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