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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Ohio

Thursday, March 8, 2018

University Heights man sentenced to a month of incarceration for stealing Social Security benefits

A University Heights man was sentenced to 30 days of incarceration for theft of government money.

Al Plummer, 51, was also ordered to pay $45,121 in restitution. His incarceration is to be followed by six months of home confinement.

Plummer is the co-owner of Gimme Java Coffee in Shaker Heights. Plummer began stealing his grandmother’s Social Security Retirement benefits after she had passed away in July 2013. Plummer did not report his grandmother’s death and continued to withdraw the monthly benefit until he was caught in October 2016, according to court documents.

The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Payum Doroodian following an investigation by Kelly Clark from the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General.

Financial Fraud
Mike Tobin 216.622.3651 michael.tobin@usdoj.gov
Updated March 8, 2018