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Quincy Man Arrested for Social Security Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts
Defendant allegedly stole disability benefits for over four years

BOSTON – A Quincy man was arrested today for fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits.   

Charles Reid, 67, was indicted on one count of theft of public funds. Reid was released on conditions following an initial appearance today before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein. 

According to the charging documents, from approximately April 2013 through September 2017, Reid allegedly stole approximately $38,601 in Social Security disability benefits.

The charge of theft of public funds provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and John Cremonini, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Burzycki of Mendell’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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

Updated October 28, 2021