A Mill Creek couple was sentenced to prison today for their long-running Social Security fraud scheme in which the man claimed to be disabled and unable to work and his wife claimed to be his sister and a neighbor, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Anthony George, 37, was sentenced to 27 months in prison and must pay $198,148 in restitution to state and federal disability programs. His wife, Roxanne George, 35, was sentenced to six months in prison and was ordered to pay $91,527 for her fraudulent use of state and federal assistance programs. Both pleaded guilty in September to Social Security fraud.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Anthony George’s late mother had obtained a second Social Security number for him in 1982 under the fictitious name of “Sonny Fisher.” After he turned 18, using the fictitious identity, he applied for disability payments.
At numerous interviews, George, claiming to be Fisher, said he was profoundly disabled and could not work.
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In October 2010, Roxanne George claimed to be a neighbor of Fisher’s and verified that he never worked, could not work and could not drive, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
She said that Fisher had $100 in his bank account, when, in fact, Anthony George bought and sold used cars, lived in a $430,000 home and had more than $10,000 in his bank account, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
During in-home visits and in documents, the couple also pretended to be brother and sister. Between 1996 and 2010, Roxanne George fraudulently obtained $67,510 in food, health-care and financial-assistance benefits from the state of Washington.
When he addressed the court, Anthony George said, “I am a liar. It’s all there in black and white.”