And while I’m on the subject of Social Security Fraud (that was what my last post was about) – thought some might like this strange story of choices and consequences.
United States Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan announced that Rolf Groer, age 48, a resident of Allegheny County, has been sentenced in federal court in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to 5 years probation, including 12 months of community confinement, and ordered to pay approximately $22,000 in restitution as well as a $5,000 fine on his conviction of theft of government property and theft from an employee pension benefit plan.
According to information presented to the court Groer, between January of 2004 and September of 2006, embezzled approximately $27,904.00 in Social Security benefits, and approximately $14,699.19 in pension benefits paid by The Boeing Company. The Social Security and pension benefits were issued in the name of a person who had died in December of 2003.
As a business ethics and white collar crime speaker, I am a bit amazed that Groer got off with what seems to be a light sentence. But make no mistake, community confinement and 5 years probation is not insignificant. Groer’s life will change and any benefit he may think he got will be erased as he is now a convicted felon – which carries with it consequences.
As I say in most of my presentations, every choice has a consequence!
Business Ethics and White Collar Crime speaker – Chuck Gallagher – signing off…