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

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Swansea Man Sentenced For Stealing Funds From Railroad Retirement Board

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that Mark A. Lewis, 31, of Swansea, was sentenced in the federal district court in East St. Louis on the charge of Theft of Unemployment Benefits from the United States Railroad Retirement Board and on the related violation of his conditions of supervised release. The district court sentenced Lewis to a total of six months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. The court also ordered Lewis to pay $1,995.37 in restitution to the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board and to pay a $100 special assessment.

From January 2013 through May 2013, Lewis fraudulently obtained monies belonging to the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, an agency of the United States, by concealing his employment status in order to receive unemployment benefits.

The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, Office of Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Liam Coonan.

If you suspect or know of an individual or company that is committing fraud against any U.S. Railroad Retirement Board program, you may report this to the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board’s Office of Inspector General by calling 800.772.4258 or by e-mailing a complaint or information to:

Updated February 19, 2015