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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 19, 2016

Thibodaux Resident Charged with Theft of Social Security Disability Benefits

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that CLINT A. SCHWAB, age 42, of Thibodaux, was charged today in a Bill of Information with Theft of Government Funds.

According to documents filed in federal court, CLINT A. SCHWAB began receiving social security disability benefits in 1998. In or around 2008, SCHWAB returned to work but did not inform the Social Security Administration as required by law.  In January 2016, SCHWAB was interviewed by the Social Security Administration and falsely informed the agency that he had never worked as a disabled claimant.  However, SCHWAB failed to inform the administration that he was working while receiving monthly disability payments.  SCHWAB collected social security disability payments he was not entitled to receive from 2008 until early 2016.

The maximum penalty for theft of government funds is ten years imprisonment and/or a fine of $250,000 or the greater of twice the gross gain to the defendant or twice the gross loss to the victim.

U.S. Attorney Polite reiterated that the Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Richard R. Pickens, II is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated December 19, 2016