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Kent couple pleads guilty to defrauding the state of disability benefits

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Oct. 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm with 8 Comments »
October 16, 2011 3:33 pm

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.

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  1. How do you collect $320,000 from some one on welfare or SS?

  2. Hurlen58 says:

    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. My question is…How does this couple plan on paying back the $320,000 in restitution? How could the Social Security Administration and state social welfare programs let this couple get away with so much fraud? Is there not some type of system in place to cath this type of deceit? Unbelievable!

  3. tacomagirl98 says:

    They ran a business so I hope that business brought in enough money to pay that restitution.
    Also, how the heck did he ever get SSI to begin with. There are people with REAL disabilities fighting tooth & nail just to get benefits. Un-fricken believable!!!

  4. PolarBear53 says:

    common law marrige is now recognized in WA?

  5. MSHacker says:

    20 YEARS!!! Why didn’t the case managers from both SSI (federal welfare) and DSHS (State welfare) go to Washington State Licensing? Anyone with a IQ of 10 can clearly see that Nancy Stone has been working self employment since 08/01/1987. But, I’m sure she reported 0 income from self employment to IRS for the past 23 years and the naive social workers believed her.

  6. MSHacker says:

    Remember kids: “Believe No One!”

  7. Tacoma_Born says:

    I’ve heard from state-paid in-home caregivers how *many* of their patients receiving disability/SSI are fully capable of working. These are experienced in-home aides who see how their patients function physically and mentally and are aware of their so-called health conditions. It’s clearly not that hard to work the system. By the way, did you know if you get fat enough you qualify for disability? No other medical problems need exist if you’re too fat to tie your own shoes.

    /grumble

  8. harleyrider1 says:

    Taxpayers will never get their money back, investigative costs, nothing.

    Let’s start sending a message: for fraud of any kind – serious jail time. 25 years.

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