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Kent couple sentenced for defrauding state welfare programs

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on March 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm with 12 Comments »
March 7, 2012 4:00 pm

A Kent couple was sentenced today to two years in prison for defrauding state social welfare programs and the Social Security Administration for two decades by pretending the man was mentally disabled.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas S. Zilly also sentenced Ronnie George, 50, and Nancy Stone, 45, to three years of supervised release and ordered them to pay $315,318 in restitution.

The pair pleaded guilty to social security fraud in October.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

George and Stone filed false forms with the agencies starting in 1990, claiming George was disabled and Stone was his caregiver. Their son was also allegedly recruited to perpetuate the story.

Although George wrote on forms that he had never worked, prosecutors said the couple operated a business buying and selling vehicles and RVs.

They collected more than $313,000 from various agencies, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.

The judge noted during their sentencing that George and Stone refiled fraudulent forms every month and deprived those who were truly in need of benefits.

Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. buddyandelliott says:

    Government fraud and buying/selling vehicles? (RV’s in this case.) More gypsies?

  2. I have a feeling the state will never see a dime in restitution for this crime.I also have a feeling that bankruptsey will be filed and the perpatrators will move out of State or maybe the country.Now that they have learned how to Scam the State,That might make you wonder what State will be their next victim.

  3. littledog says:

    Bring back flogging.

  4. jcarnes253 says:

    my question is how did they get cought!

  5. rocketman says:

    Now us hard working taxpayers can pay for all their prison expenses also,these loozers are on a free ride for life.

  6. Chippert says:

    In response to “sincere”, bankruptcy cannot set aside court-imposed penalties such as restitution.

  7. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Let me see if I understand this.

    Only two years jail time, required to repay $315,000, which they most likely do not have, which means they are going to file for bankruptcy, claim ownership of no property AND will actually qualify for welfare when they are released.

    A better ruling would have been more jail time, the forfeiture of all assets, and a lifetime ban from receiving any form of welfare from Washington State, which would have forced them to leave the Sate and never return once they are released from jail.

    But, a good long public flogging would be good too.

  8. royr20410 says:

    Great job!

  9. goodtimin2 says:

    Bankruptsey…Perpatrators…cought…loozers. Please people, start using spell check or keep a dictionary next to your keyboard.

  10. Don’t knock the spelling on comment boards. People get emotional and type quickly and are often in a rush to post their thoughts. I do it all the time.

  11. rawdibob says:

    I wish people like these two were forced into involuntary servitude until they repaid what they stole.

  12. and the punishment for stealing tax payers money ( our money ) – none

    Jeez , it’s as if we bring it on our selves. Really maybe we should just write them a check and thank them for stealing from us . A sad example of what our society is becoming.

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