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Date: 01-14-2020

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United States of America v. Jason L. Wentworth

Case Number: 3:19-cr-00014-TJM

Judge: Thomas J. McAvoy

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (Broome County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Emily C. Powers

Defendant's Attorney:


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Description: Binghamton, NY - The United States of America charged Jason L. Wentworth with social security fraud.

Jason L. Wentworth, age 35, of Oneonta, New York, was sentenced on January 2 to five years of probation for stealing Social Security survivors benefits and for making false statements to the Social Security Administration that enabled Wentworth to obtain those benefits.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and John F. Grasso, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of the Inspector General, New York Field Division.

On August 21, 2019, Wentworth pled guilty to a six-count indictment charging three counts of theft of government property, one count of representative payee fraud, and two counts of making false statements in connection with his theft of Social Security benefits. Following his wifeís death, Wentworth applied for and received survivors benefits on his sonís and his own behalf, and continued to receive and keep those benefits, even after the sonís maternal grandparents took over as his sonís primary caregivers. Wentworth was not entitled to collect benefits on his own behalf once he stopped serving as the primary caregiver for his son.

Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy also ordered Wentworth to pay restitution to the government in the amount of $27,525 and restitution to his son in the amount of $25,035. Additionally, Judge McAvoy ordered Wentworth to forfeit $3,822.

This case was investigated by the SSA Office of the Inspector General.


Charges:


18:641: Theft of Government Property w/Forfeiture Allegation
(1)

18:641: Theft of Government Property
(2-3)

42:408(a)(5): Representative Payee Fraud
(4)

18:1001(a)(2): False Statement
(5-6)

Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 5 years of Probation, on each count, to run concurrently; Deft to comply w/standard and special conditions; Deft direct to pay $600.00 Special Assessment; Deft to pay restitution and to forfeit items as stated.

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