Scituate Resident Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Social Security Administration
Collected more than $250,000 in retirement benefits in deceased mother’s name
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Luke Clarke, 72, of Hope, R.I., pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence today to fraudulently collecting more than $250,000 in social security benefits in his deceased mother’s name, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Scott E. Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Boston Field Office of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General/Office of Investigations.
Clarke admitted to the court that the Social Security Administration was never notified of his mother’s death in January 1998, and that he continued to collect his mother’s retirement benefits in the amount of $1,517 per month until October 2014. The monthly benefit was direct deposited into a bank account he shared with his mother. Clarke admitted to fraudulently collecting $257,959.
Appearing before U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., Clarke pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government funds. Clarke is scheduled to be sentenced on November 12, 2015.
The matter was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General/Office of Investigations.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Terrence P. Donnelly.
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