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Johnstown Man Pleads Guilty To Fraud Charges

May 6, 2010

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, May 6, 2010, that James Clinton Cook, a resident of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court in Johnstown to charges of violating various federal laws.

Cook, age 79, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., advised the court that on January 2, 2008, Cook filed an application for a replacement Social Security card stating his name was James Linden Miller and setting forth a Social Security number that was not his.  In addition, from January 1, 1994, to January 1, 2008, Cook converted to his own use $40,428.53 in Supplemental Security Income benefit payments which he was not entitled to.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for September 2, 2010, at 9:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 15 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Social Security Administration/Office of General Counsel conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Cook.

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