A Kent couple faces five years in prison for pretending the man was mentally disabled and fraudulently collecting $313,000 from the state over the last 11 years.
Ronnie George, 49, and his common-law wife, Nancy Stone, 45, both pleaded guilty Friday to the scheme that defrauded the Social Security Administration and state social welfare programs.
U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly will sentence the couple Jan. 19. They will be ordered to pay more than $320,000 in restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
In 1990, George filled out applications claiming he was mentally disabled and spent his time watching Sesame Street and playing with cars, cowboys and G.I. Joes, according to the plea agreement. He said his friends tended to his daily needs like dressing, cooking and shopping.
The pair also lied to the state and said Stone was George’s caregiver and that the man had never worked, although they ran a business buying and selling vehicles and RVs, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
They collected more than $313,000 over the years for Social Security disability benefits and medical, caregiver and housing benefits.