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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Solon Couple Sentenced to Probation for False Statements to Social Security Administration

DAVENPORT, IA – On August 30, 2016, Donna and Randall Hanson of Solon, Iowa, were sentenced by Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey to four (4) years of probation for false statements made to the Social Security Administration, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Restitution will be determined and ordered at a later date.

On May 26, 2016, Donna and Randall Hanson pleaded guilty to making false statements. Donna Hanson pleaded guilty to an additional count of failure to disclose information to the Social Security Administration. According to the plea agreement, Donna received Social Security Disability Income benefits since January 2000. In 2005, 2010, and on April 4, 2014, when Social Security Administration did a review of her benefits, Donna reported she was not married to Randall. Randall also submitted a signed statement on April 4, 2014, indicating he was not married to Donna. However, Donna and Randall told the Veterans Administration (VA) in 2003 they were married, which impacted the amount of benefits Randall received. On August 13, 2004, the VA issued a ruling that determined Randall and Donna had been married since October 1999. Because of the false statements to Social Security Administration, Donna was overpaid by $24,695.95.

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

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Updated September 1, 2016