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Ellenville Man Sentenced for Defrauding the Social Security Administration

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Anthony Alvarez, age 38, of Ellenville, New York, was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for fraudulently obtaining more than $38,000 in benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and John F. Grasso, Special Agent in Charge of the SSA Office of the Inspector General, New York Field Office.

As part of his January 3, 2019 guilty plea, Alvarez admitted that from January 2011 to February 2015, he fraudulently concealed from the SSA the fact that he was living in the Philippines so that he could continue to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits.

Senior United States District Judge Gary L. Sharpe also ordered Alvarez to pay $38,894.42 in restitution to the SSA.

This case was investigated by the SSA Office of the Inspector General, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua R. Rosenthal and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason W. White.

Updated August 27, 2019

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