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Osceola Man Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison For Defrauding the Social Security Disability Program

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Iowa

DES MOINES, IA – John Dale Parmer, age 59, of Osceola, was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for Social Security Fraud - Concealment. Parmer pleaded guilty on June 21, 2022. Following completion of his prison term, Parmer will be on supervised release for three years. Parmer was ordered to pay $234,552 in restitution to the Social Security Administration (SSA).

In 2006, Parmer began to receive Social Security disability benefits due to becoming nearly blind. By at least 2013, Parmer’s vision had markedly improved. Since 2013 Parmer consistently worked for several employers in Central Iowa, including as a mechanic and truck driver. However, Parmer did not inform the SSA that his vision had improved or that he had returned to work. From at least 2013 and continuing until 2020, Parmer knowingly concealed and failed to disclose to the SSA these events, which affected his right to continue to receive benefits. Parmer did so with the intent to fraudulently secure payment of disability benefits. Parmer also lied about these matters in paperwork he submitted to the SSA. As a result of Parmer’s fraud, he received $234,552 in disability benefits to which he was not entitled.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The SSA Office of Inspector General investigated the case. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Adam J. Kerndt.


MacKenzie Tubbs
Public Information Officer

Updated November 22, 2022

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