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Norwalk Man Sentenced for Stealing Dead Mom's Social Security

The man collected payments for approximately 8 years after her death.

 

A 56-year-old Norwalk man who pleaded guilty to illegally receiving his mother's social security benefits after her death was sentenced Monday to six months in prison, the U.S. Attorney's office announced later that day.

Paul Wiegman was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $90,188 and serve two years supervised release under electronic monitoring in home confinement following his prison term.

Wiegman admitted to receiving his mother's benefits after her death in December 2002 and did not notify authorities of her passing. He continued to collect her Social Security Retirement Insurance Benefit and Widow's Benefit payments until April 2010. He also made several false statements to the Social Security Administration investigating the matter, including that his mother was alive but unable to speak and living with a family friend, according to the Attorney's Office.

Wiegman pleaded guilty in July of 2012. On December 5, 2012, Wiegman's brother, Gary, 55, was sentenced to six months of probation for making false statements to federal agents after pleading guilty on September 7, 2012.

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