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

 by Patrick SargentMarch 6, 2019

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

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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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