Webster Man Sentenced for Stealing Over $230k in Social Security Benefits

WORCESTER – A Webster man was sentenced in federal court on Tuesday for stealing more than $230,000 in social security benefits.

According to the Massachusetts Dept. of Justice, David Brunell, 57, was sentenced to three years of supervised release, with the first 60 days to be spent in a residential re-entry center, followed by three months of home confinement, and ordered to pay $234,177 in restitution.

Brunell pleaded guilty in Sep. 2018 to one count of theft of government money.

Over a 17-year period –beginning in June 2000 to June 2017 — the Social Security Administration deposited approximately $234,000 in retirement benefits intended for Brunell’s father into a bank account controlled by Brunell after Brunell’s father had died. Brunell used the funds for various personal expenditures, such as mortgage payments.


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