OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
January 21, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Martinsburg Man Indicted on 61 Counts
of Theft of Social Security Benefits
MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 58 year old Martinsburg, West Virginia, resident was named in an Indictment returned on January 19, 2011, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Martinsburg.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that WILLIAM BURR was named in a 61-count Indictment charging him with theft of government funds. The Indictment alleges that BURR was the recipient of payments under Social Security Administration Title II disability benefits due to disorders of the back and mood disorders. In May 2007 BURR was notified in a letter that he would begin receiving disability benefits in August 2007 and he was required to notify the Social Security Administration if he returned to work. The Indictment further alleges that BURR returned to work but did not notify the Social Security Administration of his renewed employment. Finally, the Indictment alleges that BURR received $44,138.00 to which he was not entitled because of his employment.
If convicted, BURR faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count.
The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti. The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration.
It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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