United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York

10/19/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/19/2021 17:35

Buffalo Man Sentenced For Stealing Social Security Benefits For More Than 5 Years After His Father's Death

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Abdulkawi Al Shuaibi, 48, of Buffalo, N.Y., who was convicted of theft of government money, was sentenced to time-served, two years supervised release, and ordered to pay $76,393.50 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas A. C. Penrose, who handled the case, stated that the defendant's father received retirement benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act. These benefits should have ceased when Al Shuaibi's father died in August 2013. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) continued to pay these benefits until February 2019. The defendant converted these benefits to his own use, knowing that he was not entitled them. The resulting loss to the SSA was approximately $76,393.50.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge John F. Grasso.

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