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Ross Man Sentenced to Prison for Cashing Dead Mother’s Social Security Benefit for 39 Years

January 23, 2014

PITTSBURGH – A Ross Township man was sentenced today in federal court to 18 months in prison, two years supervised release and restitution of $302,803.16 on his conviction of theft of government property, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Court Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed sentence upon Chauncey Clinton, 65.

According to information presented to the court, Clinton received and used the Social Security Title II benefits that continued to be issued to his mother, Clara Clinton, after her death on May 7, 1973. From June 1, 1973 to April 3, 2012, Clinton received $304,853.00 in Social Security Administration funds to which benefits he knew he was not entitled.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Hornak took into consideration the serious nature of the defendant’s crime, including the fact that the defendant wrongfully took benefit monies totaling over $300,000 for almost 39 years.

Assistant United States Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Special Agents of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, who conducted the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Clinton.

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