Man Fakes Disability for Social Security Benefits

By KBJR News 1

Man Fakes Disability for Social Security Benefits

April 17, 2012 Updated Apr 17, 2012 at 5:46 PM CDT

Hermantown, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- 51-year-old James William Smith was charged with one count of theft of government funds and three counts of making a false statement for use in determining eligibility for Social Security benefits.

The indictment alleges that from January 1, 2007, through August of 2010, Smith stole $144,293.40 in benefits from the Social Security Administration for his personal use.In addition, the indictment alleges that from March 16, 2006, through August of 2010, Smith
failed to disclose to the SSA his true physical condition, employment status, or ability to engage in work.

According to the indictment, Smith falsely stated that he suffered from Early Onset of Alzheimer's Disease.

In November of 2009, he allegedly misrepresented his physical condition during a medical examination at the Mayo Clinic in effort to receive a disability determination from physicians.

The indictment also alleges that in July of 2010, Smith misrepresented his physical and mental condition to a psychologist in order to continue receiving disability payments.

If convicted, Smith faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison.