NEW HAVEN, Conn. Two Norwalk brothers have been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with federal offenses for allegedly collecting their mother's Social Security benefits after she had died, said David B. Fein, United States attorney for the District of Connecticut.
The indictment alleges that Paul Wiegman, 54, took Social Security retirement insurance benefits and widow's benefit payments made to his deceased mother. Wiegman received $90,188 in benefits from her death in December 2002 until approximately March 2010, according to documents filed in court.
The indictment further alleges that Gary Wiegman, 53, told Social Security Administration agents that his mother was still alive in May 2010.
The indictment, which was returned on Dec. 15, charges Paul Wiegman with one count of theft of government property and Gary Wiegman with one count of making a false statement.
If convicted, Paul Wiegman faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of up to $250,000 and an order of restitution. Gary Wiegman faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.
U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt. Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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