Andover man gets 4 months for stealing Social Security
BOSTON (AP) — An Andover man who stole nearly $150,000 in Social Security benefits sent to his dead father has been sentenced to four months in prison.
Graeme Griffith was also sentenced Thursday in federal court to two years of probation and fined $3,000. The 60-year-old has also paid full restitution. He pleaded guilty in January to theft of public money.
Prosecutors say even after Griffith’s father died in 2003, Griffith continued to accept his father’s Social Security benefits that were directly deposited in a joint bank account.
The Social Security Administration detects this kind of fraud through the Medicare Non-Utilization Project, in which the agency investigates people receiving benefits who are at least 90 years old and who have not used their Medicare Part B benefits for three or more years.