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November 21, 2011

Upshur County, Texas Man Guilty of Social Security Fraud

  TYLER, TX – A 44-year-old Gilmer, Texas, man has pleaded guilty to social security fraud in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Michael Wayne Jobe pleaded guilty to theft of government property today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline M. Craven.

  1. According to information presented in court, in 2006 and 2007 and resuming in 2009 until 2011, Jobe applied for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits on behalf of both of his children who lived with him at the time. During the first time period, both of Jobe’s children were removed by CPS.  During the second time period, both children moved out of his home and began living with other family and friends. However, Jobe continued to receive Social Security Benefit payments on behalf of those children, and Jobe falsely reported to the Social Security Administration that the children were still living with him during those reporting periods. This resulted in an overpayment of Social Security Administration benefits an amount in excess of $1,000. Jobe was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sep. 15, 2011.
  3. Jobe faces up to 10 years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.

This case is being investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.

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