Bail Bondsman Sentenced To Prison For Social Security Disability Benefit Fraud
BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson sentenced MACK CHARLES WELLS, JR., age 49, of Zachary, Louisiana, to a year of incarceration, with six months to be served in prison and six months to be served in a half-way house facility. The defendant must also serve a two year term of supervised release following his incarceration and pay $136, 215 in restitution to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Today’s sentence results from the defendant’s conviction for stealing $136,215 in disability benefits from SSA from February 2007 through December 2011. During that period, while collecting such benefits, the defendant was working as a bail bondsman with “All Day Bail Bonding, LLC” in Zachary, Louisiana. To continue receiving disability benefits, the defendant fraudulently concealed from SSA that he was working and earning an income as a bail bondsman.
U.S. Attorney Green stated: “Theft from government programs designed to help those less fortunate will continue to be a priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Today’s sentence addresses the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct and should act as a deterrent to others who might consider stealing from our nation’s safety net programs.”
This investigation was handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Office of Investigations, Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Social Security Administration. This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lyman E. Thornton III.