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Newport Man Sentenced for Social Security Fraud

A Newport man was sentenced this week for committing Social Security fraud.

Robert Howard, 57, pleaded guilty to the charges and crimes that took place from July 2013 through April 2018.

Investigators said that Howard fraudulently collected more than $82,000 by concealing his father's death from the Social Security Administration.

Howard admitted to calling the Florence SSA office and impersonating his deceased father in an effort to ensure wrongful continuation of monthly payments.

U.S. District Judge David Bunning sentenced Howard to thirty days of intermittent confinement and five years probation. He is also ordered to repay the funds through restitution.

The investigation was directed by the SSA's Office of the Inspector General. 

-Staff report