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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 16, 2015

Albion Man Sentenced to 12 Months in Prison for Defrauding the Social Security Administration of More than $48,000

Roger Dale Young Lied About His Income and Resources So That He Would Receive a Larger Disability Check Each Month

          GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Roger Dale Young, 55, of Albion, Michigan, was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison today for committing Social Security fraud. He was also ordered to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration. U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff imposed the sentence.

           Young, who had been receiving Supplemental Security Income disability benefits, pled guilty in September 2014 to lying about his assets and other financial resources in order to increase the amount of his monthly disability check. Young’s fraud occurred over the course of nearly 11 years and cost taxpayers more than $48,000.

          U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr., said, “Protecting taxpayers is one of our primary missions. We will continue to vigorously prosecute those who defraud federal agencies like the Social Security Administration.”

          The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General, the Albion, Michigan Police Department, and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Clay Stiffler.

Updated February 25, 2015