Columbia Falls man convicted of $90,000 Social Security fraud

Posted March 07, 2012, at 4:35 p.m.
Last modified March 07, 2012, at 9:28 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A federal judge on Wednesday found a Washington County man guilty of the theft of Social Security disability benefits following a two-day jury-waived trial.

U.S. District Judge John Woodcock found Anthony Dinsmore, 50, of Columbia Falls had falsely claimed that he was living alone when he actually resided with his wife, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted the case.

Over a 15-year period, Dinsmore received more than $90,000 in benefits to which he was not entitled, according to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. His wife’s income disqualified him from receiving benefits.

On Monday, Dinsmore pleaded guilty to knowingly making a false statement to the Social Security Administration.

Dinsmore remains free on bail, according to the press release.

His sentencing date has not been set.

Dinsmore faces up to 10 years in prison on the conviction of theft of Social Security benefits. He faces up to five years in prison on the making a false statement charge.

On each count, Dinsmore could be fined up to $250,000. He also could be ordered to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Judge John Woodcock found Anthony Dinsmore guilty of the theft of Social Security disability benefits on Thursday. The correct date is Wednesday.

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