• Belleville man gets 18 months for Social Security fraud

    by  • September 2, 2013 • News • 0 Comments

    A Belleville man has been ordered to serve a year and a half in federal prison for fraudulently collecting Social Security benefits while he was serving time in another criminal case.

    A federal judge in East St. Louis also ordered 39-year-old Douglas Buckman to spend three years on post-prison supervised release and repay the Social Security Administration more than $20,000.

    Buckman pleaded guilty in May, admitting that from January 2009 through June 2011 he continued getting government benefits to which he wasn’t entitled because he was in prison on an unspecified state conviction.

    U.S. Attorney for southern Illinois Stephen Wigginton calls the case “yet another example of the widespread fraud that plagues both state and federal programs that are in place to help the most vulnerable in our society.”

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