For law-abiding citizens, it can be hard to understand why someone would repeatedly take the risk of committing crimes. A Florida man is getting plenty of time to think about that as he serves time in federal prison for committing Social Security fraud.
The 57-year-old Summerfield man is serving a 20-month sentence for defrauding the Social Security Administration of more than $77,000 by submitting false claims. While he had presented himself as a poor, single man with no assets, he is actually married and owns rental properties. (Sounds like a nice life.)
This is just the latest in what prosecutors said has been a life of crime. The man has more than 60 criminal state convictions in Florida, spanning 40 years, many of which involve fraud or stealing. The difference this time? This is his first federal conviction. (Hopefully, Florida officials will take a harder look at how he could have gotten away with so much).
The lesson here is that a criminal’s luck eventually runs out when he steals from federal entitlement programs.
Today’s Fraud of the Day comes from a Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General press release, “Repeat Offender Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding Social Security,” released Sept. 30, 2019.
Ocala, Florida – Senior United States District Judge John Antoon II has sentenced Malik Mustafa Al-Ameen (57, Summerfield) to 20 months in federal prison for theft of government funds. He was also ordered to pay the government $77,178 in restitution. Al-Ameen had pleaded guilty on July 1, 2019.
According to court records, Al-Ameen stole more than $77,000 from the Social Security Administration by submitting false documents regarding his eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Al-Ameen had falsely claimed that he was single and owned no properties when, in fact, he was married and owned a rental property in West Palm Beach. Al-Ameen has more than 60 criminal state convictions in Florida, spanning 40 years, many of which involve fraud or stealing. This is his first federal conviction.