Richmond man indicted in social security fraud scheme
INDIANAPOLIS – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced the indictment of a Richmond Indiana man on one count of Social Security Fraud. Daniel M. Glunt, 56, was charged by a federal grand jury sitting in Indianapolis for his role in defrauding the treasury of over $55,000.
“Social Security benefits are reserved for those who cannot provide for themselves and need legitimate help from the government,” said Minkler. “Those who choose to take advantage of this and other supplemental income sources will be held strictly accountable.”
Mr. Glunt applied for Supplemental Social Security (SSI) benefits in 2008, claiming he had no sources of earned or unearned income. Glunt certified at the time of his application and many times subsequent, that he had no additional income. Investigators for the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General learned that Glunt was employed by a trucking company in Cincinnati, Ohio, and had been employed for the majority of time he was collecting SSI. He received SSI benefits continuously from April 2009, until August 2015.
SSI is a federal funded program designed to administer cash assistance to the aged, blind or disabled who have little or no resources to live. The SSI program is directly tied to the applicant’s income and other circumstances that affect financial need. To qualify an applicant must certify that they are unable to engage in substantial gainful work as a result of physical or mental impairment that is terminal or expected to last at least 12 months.
“Supplemental Security Income is a lifeline for many disabled Americans. The Office of the Inspector General is committed to investigating and pursuing those individuals who violate the public trust and defraud American taxpayers. I’m grateful that the U.S. Attorney’s Office shares our determination to ensure the integrity of the Social Security Administration’s programs,” said Special Agent-in-Charge Tracey Thanos, Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General.
According to Assistant United States Attorney Cynthia J. Ridgeway who is prosecuting this case for the government, Glunt could face up to five years in prison if convicted.
An indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. All individuals are presumed innocent until proven otherwise in federal court.