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NJ Social Security Scam Stopped

New Jersey Attorney General Jeff Chiesa says An Essex County man has been charged  in a state grand jury indictment for allegedly stealing more than $163,300 in governmental benefits he wasn’t entitled to by falsely claiming to be unemployed and fraudulently using two Social Security numbers.

Attorney General Jeff Chiesa
NJ Attorney General Jeff Chiesa (Stacy Proebstle, Townsquare Media)

Milo Dorsainvil of Orange, was charged with second-degree theft by deception, third-degree theft by deception, third-degree Medicaid fraud, and third-degree tampering with public records or information.

The indictment alleges that Dorsainvil fraudulently obtained $116,219 in Medicaid benefits by failing to notify the Social Security Administration that he was employed and by making false claims that he was entitled to Medicaid benefits. Allegedly, Dorsainvil fraudulently obtained $47,562 in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) by giving the false impression that he was unemployed. SSI is a needs-based federal and state program that makes payments to people with “limited income” if they are disabled or over 65 years of age.

The indictment also alleges that Dorsainvil failed to list his income on a statement for determining continuing eligibility for SSI payments.

“By his alleged actions, this defendant stole money from governmental programs aimed at helping citizens who truly need help making ends meet,” explains acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Ronald Chillemi. “My office will continue to investigate and aggressively prosecute individuals who engage in this type of fraud.”

Second-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of ten years in state prison and a criminal fine of up to $150,000, while third-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence of up to five years in state prison and a criminal fine of up to $15,000.

Chillemi says some important cases have started with anonymous tips. People who are concerned about insurance cheating and have information about a fraud can report it anonymously by calling the toll‑free hotline at 1‑877‑55‑FRAUD, or visiting the Web site at NJInsurancefraud.org. State regulations allow a reward to be paid to an eligible person who provides information that leads to an arrest, prosecution and conviction for insurance fraud.

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