Philadelphia Man Charged With Defrauding
The Social Security Administration
Michael Gantt, 63, of Philadelphia, was charged today by Information with defrauding the Social Security Administration (SSA) by receiving supplemental security income benefits while concealing that he was working and earning income and receiving dual benefits from SSA, for a period of about nine years, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. According to the information, Gantt was using a different name and social security number, resulting in losses to the government of approximately $49,076.07. In furtherance of his scheme, Mr. Gantt allegedly provided a fraudulently obtained social security number in order to obtain a false photographic identification card. Gantt is charged with conversion of government funds and social security fraud.
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, restitution of $49,076.07, and three years supervised release.
The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Moshang III.
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