NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — On June 8, John Edward Jones pled guilty to Theft of Government Funds.
According to court documents, the 42-year-old New Orleans resident had been collecting Social Security Administration benefits paid to a deceased individual for almost 5 years.
Jones began collecting the money around July 2015 and continued through March 2020.
In total, Jones fraudulently received $40,361 in Social Security Administration benefits to which he was not entitled.
Jones faces up to 10 years in prison, followed by up to three years of supervised release, a mandatory $100 special assessment fee, and a fine of up to $250,000.
Sentencing will be in September of this year.