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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 24, 2021

East Haven Man Who Stole Social Security Benefits in Sentenced

Leonard C Boyle, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JOVON GAMBLE, 40, of East Haven, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to three years of probation, the first three months of which Gamble must spend in home confinement, for stealing Social Security benefits.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Gamble’s mother lawfully received Social Security Administration (“SSA”) monthly benefit payments.  Gamble’s mother died in June 2007.  The SSA was never informed her death and Gamble continued to access the SSA funds that were deposited into his mother’s account.  Between 2007 and 2017, the SSA deposited more than $88,000 into Gamble’s mother’s account.

Judge Shea ordered Gamble to pay $88,150.78 in restitution.

Gamble also must perform 75 hours of community service while on supervised release.

On May 10, 2021, Gamble pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public funds.

This matter was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brendan Keefe and Elena Coronado.

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Updated August 24, 2021