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Waterford Man Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud

March 15, 2012

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Waterford, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of using a false social security number, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Ebert Gordon Beeman, 63, pleaded guilty to four counts before United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that in 1972 Beeman, also known as William George Beman, William G. Beman, William Beeman, William G. Whipple and, fraudulently obtained a second social security number in the name William George Beman.  He then used the social security number he fraudulently procured to obtain credit and supplemental employment.  Specifically, Beeman used the fraudulent social security number to apply for employment at two separate businesses.  He also used the fraudulent social security number to obtain multiple credit cards and an auto loan.

Judge McLaughlin scheduled sentencing for July 20, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, 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.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Beeman on bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Beeman.

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