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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Davenport Man Sentenced to Prison for Making False Statements to the Social Security Administration

DAVENPORT, IA – On November 14, 2016, Damarcus Laron Liddell, 29, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to 18 months in prison for failure to disclose information to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and false statements to the SSA, each count to run concurrently, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Liddell was ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term, and pay $200 to the Crime Victims’ Fund.

Liddell pleaded guilty to failure to disclose information and making false statements to the SSA on June 27, 2016. During the investigation, it was discovered Liddell applied for disability benefits and was sent to be evaluated by two doctors. At the doctor appointments, Liddell exhibited outrageous behavior suggesting he was unable to understand simple commands and was non-verbal. The agents uncovered documents to support the position that Liddell was feigning a mental illness and had falsely represented to the doctors his physical and mental condition. Additionally, when filling out the SSA forms, Liddell falsely stated he did not have any specialized training, omitting the fact he attended LA James School of Cosmetology.

This matter was investigated by the Social Security Administration – Office of the Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa

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Updated November 15, 2016