On June 27, United States Attorney Rebecca Gregory announced that a man from Orange, Texas was sentenced for charges of receiving fraudulent disability benefits from the Social Security Administration in Texas’ Eastern District.
According to court documents, 47-year-old James Chapman began collecting disability benefits in 1998. Those receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration are required to notify to SSA of any changing circumstances which may lead to a decrease or disqualification from the individual receiving benefits. Circumstances could include the beneficiary recovering from his or her disability or changing jobs.
From 1998, Chapman was an employee of Mark Anderson Surveyors, but was using his wife, Laura Chapman’s name and social security number. During the time of his employment with Mark Anderson, Chapman was receiving benefits worth a total $187,071. Chapman didn’t notify the SSA of his employment.
Chapman pled guilty in April of this year. He received a prison sentence of 12 months and one day and ordered to pay $187,071 in restitution.