Sumter man sentenced for theft of Social Security benefits

Columbia, SC - COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – A Sumter man has been sentenced Thursday in federal court for theft of government funds.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said that Raymond Johnson, 41, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and three years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Terry L. Wooten of Florence.

He will also have to pay restitution in the amount of $86,708.

Evidence established Johnson applied for disability, claiming that he was disabled and not working in March 2004. The Social Security Administration denied benefits, and Johnson appealed. His claim was then approved in July 2005.

In the meantime, Johnson began working but failed to report employment, and collected $86,708 in benefits that he was not entitled to until March 2009.

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