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Siblings Plead Guilty to Social Security Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 03, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. – Two family members charged in a multi-family member conspiracy to defraud social service agencies have pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud.  Jason Boutros, 49, of Portland, admitted in federal court yesterday that he concealed a family member’s travel outside the United States while continuing to accept Supplemental Security Income benefits on her behalf.  He also admitted to submitting a voucher for payment for home-care services for his mother that he never provided because she also was outside the United States.  Sentencing is set for March 3, 2014, before the Honorable Michael H. Simon.

According to papers filed in court, Boutros has agreed to pay approximately $220,000 in restitution for Supplemental Security Income and medical benefits family members received that they were not entitled to.

Boutros’ sister, Killda Boutros, 46, of Portland, pleaded guilty to similar charges on November 14, 2013.

This case was investigated by agents for the Medicaid Fraud Unit, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General.  The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Helen L. Cooper as part of a partnership venture between the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland, Oregon, and the Seattle Region of the Social Security Administration, Office of the General Counsel.

For more information, please see the attached indictment Here

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