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

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Washington, Pa., Man Sentenced To Probation For Fraudulently Obtaining Social Security Benefits

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Washington, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to five years probation with six months home detention with electronic monitoring, and was ordered to pay $100,821.64 in restitution on his conviction of theft of government property, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Bruce K. Gaito, 54.

According to information presented to the court, Bruce K. Gaito fraudulently obtained a Social Security number in the name of “David Gaito” and used the number to obtain Supplemental Security Income Benefits from the Social Security Administration.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Gaito.

Updated July 14, 2015