Chicester man pleads guilty to $70K Social Security fraud
June 09. 2015 11:57AM
CONCORD - A Chichester man faces up to five years in prison for defrauding taxpayers of $70,000.
Craig Luksza, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to one count of Social Security fraud.
He began receiving Social Security disability benefits in July 2010, even though he was working full time at a construction company shortly after he applied for them in December 2009. Earnings from that job made him ineligible for benefits, according to acting U.S. Attorney Donald Feith.
Luksza did not tell the Social Security Administration (SSA) he was working and in December 2013 told them the exact opposite, that he hadn't work since December 2008, according to prosecutors.
In July 2014, he admitted to investigators he hid the fact he was working from SSA. The government alleges Luksza fraudulently received $71,180.50 in disability benefits.
The case was investigated by the SSA's Office of the Inspector General and prosecuted by special assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Burzycki.