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2nd Brother Pleads Guilty In Mom's Benefits-Theft Case

NORWALK, Conn. — A Norwalk man pleaded guilty in a case related to his brother’s illegal receipt of more than $90,000 in Social Security benefits meant for their late mother, said David B. Fein, U.S. attorney for Connecticut.

Gary Wiegman, 53, pleaded guilty Friday before U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to one count of being an accessory after the fact to theft of government property, Fein said. Gary Wiegman made false statements to federal agents investigating the case against his brother, Paul Wiegman, Fein said.

From December 2002 to April 2010, Paul Wiegman received and spent $90,188 in Social Security benefit payments that had been deposited into his late mother’s bank account, Fein said. On May 17, 2010, Gary Wiegman told special agents that his mother was alive when he knew she was dead, Fein said.

Gary Wiegman’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 30; he faces a maximum of six months in jail and a fine of up to $125,000.

Paul Wiegman, who had lived with his mother, pleaded guilty July 20 to one count of theft of government property. He awaits sentencing. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and an order of restitution.

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