Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Former KU Medical Center employee pleads guilty to Social Security fraud

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A former Topeka man pleaded guilty Tuesday to Social Security fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Brian David White, 43, who now lives in Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty to one count of Social Security fraud. In his plea, he admitted that the Social Security Administration paid more than $88,800 in disability benefits after he returned to work and failed to report it to the SSA.

In 2002, the SSA approved White’s application for disability benefits based on an inflammatory arthritis condition that made him unable to work. While receiving benefits, he attended Washburn University in Topeka and obtained a degree in radiologic technology.

After earning his degree, he worked as a technician at Holton Community Hospital in Holton, Kan. Later, he began working full-time for the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

He admitted that he intentionally failed to report this work activity to the SSA so that he could obtain disability payments he was no longer entitled to receive.

Sentencing is set for April 6. He faces a maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison, a fine up to $250,000 and restitution.

Grissom commended the office of Inspector General for the Social Security Administration and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey Alford for their work on the case.