Columbia Falls Man Found Guilty of Stealing $90K in Welfare Benefits

Updated 2 years ago

A 50-year-old Maine man has been found guilty of stealing more than $90,000 in federal welfare benefits over 15 years by claiming he lived alone when he actually lived with his wife.Judge John Woodcock on Wednesday found Anthony Dinsmore, of Columbia Falls, guilty of stealing Supplemental Security Income benefits, which help low-income elderly, blind, and disabled people. Dinsmore pleaded guilty earlier this week to making a false statement to the Social Security Administration.Prosecutors say Dinsmore submitted forged and false documents claiming he and his wife lived at separate locations when in fact they were living together. His wife’s monthly income made Dinsmore ineligible for the benefits.Dinsmore faces up to 10 years on the theft charge and five years for making a false statement.


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