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Former Social Security Administration Employee Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Authorizing More Than $1.9 Million in Fraudulent Benefits

CHICAGO —(ENEWSPF)--July 7, 2017.  A former benefits authorizer at the Social Security Administration in Chicago was sentenced yesterday to five years in federal prison for authorizing more than $1.9 million in fraudulent benefits.

JAYSON CRUZ, 41, who worked at the SSA’s Great Lakes Program Service Center in Chicago, authorized the fraudulent payments from 2009 to 2013 to more than 150 recipients. In exchange, the recipients kicked back approximately half of the fraudulent payments to Cruz or to others whom Cruz had recruited into the scheme. As a result of his fraud . . .

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