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Independence man sentenced for embezzling benefits

Independence man sentenced for embezzling benefits
Posted: Jan 12, 2018
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From the US Attorney's Office

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JEFFERY GATLIN, age 52, of Independence, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday after previously pleading guilty to a one-count Bill of Information charging him with embezzling Social Security disability benefits.
U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown sentenced GATLIN to three years of probation and ordered him to pay back the $102,510.40 in disability benefits that that he stole.

According to court documents, between March 2011 and October 2016, GATLIN embezzled $102,510.40 in Social Security Title II benefit payments, knowing that he was not entitled to these funds.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Social Security Administration in investigating this matter. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Howard Sinkman was in charge of the prosecution.