Social Security Fraud Could Earn 27 Year Old Shawn R. Johnson Prison Time!

May 19, 2008

So you think you can pull the wool over the eyes of the government? Not so fast. Every choice has a consequence and one of the things that some of us learn the hard way is – what you do in the dark will be brought to the light. In other words, if you do something that is wrong it will be discovered.

You reap what you sow! I know. I sowed bad seeds and reaped the consequences. And now it seems that the same may be true for a young 27 year old.

Shawn R. Johnson, of Fayette County, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of Social Security Fraud.

The one-count indictment named Shawn R. Johnson, age 27.

According to the indictment, Johnson failed to disclose to the Social Security Administration employment with and earned income from Polito Custom Carpet, located in Hopwood, Pennsylvania, and that such events affected his continued right to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits.

COMMENT: Now I can assure my readers that the minor benefit that Johnson received is not worth the cost he will pay. Facing up to 5 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both, Johnson will soon understand that cost of wrong choices is substantial.

Every choice has a consequence is a comment I make in most presentations. As a white collar crime speaker, I speak from first hand experience about the truth about consequences. Reality is – no one escapes the consequences of their choices. While Johnson may have enjoyed the money for a time and avoided the consequences – they did not avoid the consequences all together. Prison is no fun and Johnson is facing several years plus substantial restitution for this conviction. Likely he will serve time and that will prove to be a dramatic change from his prior activities. You do reap what you sow.

White Collar Crime Speaker – Chuck Gallagher – signing off…