Lee County Man Sentenced For Theft Of Government Funds
Fort Myers, Florida – U.S. District Judge Sheri Polster Chappell has sentenced Donald St. Louis to 15 months in federal prison for theft of government funds. As part of his sentence, the Court entered a money judgment in the amount of $146,929.40, the proceeds he unlawfully obtained. St. Louis pleaded guilty on April 21, 2016.
According to court documents, between July 2007 and July 2012, St. Louis knowingly and willfully stole and converted to his own use benefit payments under the Title II Federal Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Program, from the Social Security Administration (SSA). St. Louis had been approved to receive Social Security disability benefits in 2005, but he returned to work a short time later without notifying the SSA. As a result of his failure to report his employment activity and improvement in medical condition to the SSA, St. Louis collected $146,929.40 in unlawful benefit payments.
This case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Yolande G. Viacava.