Lisbon man pleads not guilty to getting benefits fraudulently

Posted April 24, 2012, at 6:38 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Lisbon man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 17 counts related to the use of his 7-year-old son’s Social Security number.

Mark Judd, 33, was indicted earlier this month by a federal grand jury on two counts of theft of federal funds, seven counts of making false statements, four counts of Social Security fraud, and five counts of aggravated identity theft.

A trial date was tentatively set for June 4.

Judd allegedly used his son’s Social Security number to obtain unemployment while he was receiving benefits from MaineCare, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families using his own Social Security number.

He obtained benefits illegally between August 2010 and April 2012, according to the indictment.

Judd originally was charged in February in a complaint that alleged he earned nearly $16,000 in 2010 and 2011 using his son’s Social Security number. Judd made a first appearance in federal court in Portland on Feb. 14 and was released two days later on $5,000 unsecured bail.

A motion was filed Tuesday to revoke Judd’s bail, alleging that since his release, he lied about where he was living in an attempt to qualify for MaineCare, SNAP and TANF benefits.

A hearing on the motion is scheduled to be held May 9.

If convicted, Judd faces up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million on the most serious charges of lying on separate loan applications in 2004 and 2005 and lying on an application for a credit card in 2005. On the other 14 counts, he faces between two and 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

Judd also is expected to be ordered to pay restitution if convicted.

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