Oneonta man gets probation after pleading guilty to Social Security benefit fraud

An Oneonta man was sentenced to two to five years of probation for stealing a Social Security survivor’s benefits and for making false statements to a government agency.

Posted: Jan 10, 2020 3:32 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2020 3:54 PM

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – An Oneonta man was sentenced to two to five years of probation for stealing a Social Security survivor’s benefits and for making false statements to a government agency.

Jason L. Wentworth, 35, pleaded guilty in August to three counts of theft of government property, one count of representative payee fraud, and two counts of making false statements to the Social Security Administration.

The Department of Justice says after Wentworth’s wife died, he applied for and received social security benefits for his son after the boy’s maternal grandparents became is primary caregivers.

Wentworth was ordered to pay restitution to the government in the amount of $27,525 and restitution to his son in the amount of $25,035. He was also ordered to forfeit $3,822.

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