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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Porum Man Sentenced To 48 Months Probation, $48,000 Restitution For False Statement

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Darrell Lee McLemore, age 55, of Porum, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 4 years of probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $48,075.00 for False Statement, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 1383a(a)(2). The charge arose from an investigation by the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General.  

The Indictment alleged that on or about February 1, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant knowingly made or caused to be made a false statement or representation of a material fact to the Social Security Administration used to determine the right for any payment.  Specifically, McLemore participated in a redetermination conference wherein he stated that he had not worked since the date of his last eligibility determination, when, in fact, he knew that he had been gainfully employed during the period.

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Defrauding the Social Security Administration is theft from taxpayers and is a serious offense. The SSA Office of Inspector General works hard to detect, and investigate those that commit fraudulent schemes to receive SSA benefits they are not lawfully entitled to. The defendant in this case is being held accountable for his criminal acts. He will be closely monitored by the United States Probation Office and as part of his sentence he is required to pay restitution to reimburse the public funds he received.”

The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney John David Luton represented the United States.

Topic(s): 
False Claims Act
Financial Fraud
Updated March 26, 2018