Bridgeport Man Admits Stealing Social Security Benefits Delivered to Deceased Father
Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ADOLFO VARGAS, 43, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today to theft of public funds related to his illegal receipt of Social Security benefits.
Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the court proceeding before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez occurred via videoconference.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Vargas’ father lawfully received Social Security Administration (“SSA”) monthly Retirement and Survivor Insurance benefit payments. When Vargas’ father became ill, he gave Vargas access to his bank accounts so Vargas could make purchases on his behalf and take care of his affairs after his death. Vargas’ father died in 2006, but the SSA was never informed of his death. Between 2006 and 2019, the SSA deposited approximately $111,000 into Vargas’ father’s account. During that time, Vargas used the account to make numerous ATM cash withdrawals, personal debit transactions and personal online purchases.
Vargas is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on June 23, 2021, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years. Vargas also has agreed to pay $93,092 in restitution.
Vargas is released on a $100,000 bond pending sentencing.
This matter is being investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brendan Keefe.