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Arizona man gets 18 months in prison for stealing $1.36M in Social Security benefits

Oct 4, 2022, 4:25 AM | Updated: 7:36 am

PHOENIX — An Arizona man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for stealing more than $1.36 million in Social Security benefits during a 20-year period, authorities said.

John Logan Capps III of Fort Mohave, 71, will also be required to pay over $1.3 million in restitution after previously pleading guilty to theft of government funds, the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Arizona said in a press release.

Capps used stolen identities to apply for and attain SSA benefits amounting to $1,364,648.40.

“For nearly two decades, Mr. Capps intentionally stole the identities of individuals to gain access to their Social Security benefits,” Gail Ennis, inspector general for the Social Security Administration said in the release.

“This sentence demonstrates that we will continue to hold accountable those who criminally misuse the Social Security numbers of others for their own personal gain.”

Capps will also serve 36 months of supervised release following his prison sentence.

The Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General investigated the case.

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Arizona man gets 18 months in prison for stealing $1.36M in Social Security benefits