In Orlando, U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza has sentenced Andres Arteaga Perez to 13 months in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for theft of government funds. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a money judgment in the amount of $423,602.80, the proceeds of the crime, and ordered Perez to pay restitution.
Perez had pleaded guilty on October 18, 2018.
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According to court documents, Perez is a Mexican citizen who illegally immigrated to the United States, used a Georgia man’s name and Social Security number to apply for and receive Social Security disability benefits. Perez, who resided in Casselberry, also applied for and received Medicare benefits, using the identity of the same individual. In total, Perez stole or converted approximately $56,000 in Social Security benefits and approximately $367,000 in Medicare benefits to which he was not entitled.
This case was investigated by the Social Security Administration – Office of the Inspector General, the Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. It was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Suzanne Huyler.