New Hampshire Man Sentenced to 1½ Years for Social Security Fraud
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Lachlan Olen Granite, a/k/a “Scott Edward Bounds,” 54, of Center Ossipee, New Hampshire, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal, to 1½ years in prison and three years of supervised release for making false statements to the Social Security Administration (SSA). The defendant pled guilty on July 25, 2018.
According to court records, in 2017, the defendant applied for a Social Security number (SSN), claiming that he had not been issued one. In fact, he had been issued a SSN under his birth name “Scott Edward Bounds.” The defendant sought the new SSN because he was then in violation of court-ordered child and spousal support and thought that changing his SSN would help him evade those orders. The defendant also intended to seek a new driver’s license using his new SSN, because his license had been suspended due to his failure to pay child support in 2014.
As a condition of supervised release, Judge Singal ordered the defendant to comply with his outstanding child and family support obligations.
The investigation was conducted by SSA, Office of the Inspector General.