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

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Georgia Man Pleads Guilty To Fraudulently Obtaining Title Ii Child Insurance Benefits

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX:  (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Donald Hargrave, 62, of Douglasville, GA, pleaded guilty to unlawfully receiving Title II Child Insurance Benefits before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott S. Allen, Jr., who is handling the case, stated that between May 2012 and July 2013, while living in Buffalo, the defendant received Title II Child Insurance Benefits from the Social Security Administration but did not use the benefits to support his son. Hargrave received a total of $39,124 to which he was not entitled.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Ryan.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 1, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Skretny.

Updated March 17, 2015