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Friday, November 7, 2014

Abington Man Charged With Social Security Fraud

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BOSTON – Mark Gardner, 56, of Abington, was indicted in U.S. District Court in Boston on theft of public money. The indictment alleges that from July 2009 to January 2014, Gardner stole $65,311 in Social Security benefits.

The charging statute provides a sentence of no greater than ten years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater, and restitution. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Landry of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated December 15, 2014