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.