Lisbon man gets 4 years in prison for using son’s Social Security number to hide income, get benefits

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted May 23, 2013, at 10:37 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Lisbon man who used his 7-year-old son’s Social Security number to hide his income while receiving other benefits was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to four years in prison.

Mark Judd, 34, pleaded guilty in January to theft of federal funds, making false statements, Social Security fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

U.S. District Judge George Singal also sentenced Judd to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $29,000 in restitution, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

By pleading guilty, Judd admitted that he used his son’s Social Security number to obtain employment while he was receiving benefits from MaineCare, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families using his own Social Security number.

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

He 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.

Judd’s bail was revoked in July after he lied about where he was living in an attempt to qualify for MaineCare, SNAP and TANF benefits, according to court documents.

This case was investigated by Offices of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and the USDA, the Social Security Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

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