Man Sentenced for Stealing Social Security Benefits from Missing Father


A Florida man is serving 70 months in federal prison for stealing Social Security benefits.

Robert Butzlaff’s father went missing over 8 years ago. The incident was never reported to the Social Security Administration (SSA), which continued sending the man’s Social Security payments. His son collected them in a joint account, and used two debit cards to spend the money on personal expenses.

In addition to his prison sentence, he’s ordered to pay restitution on the $57,296 he acquired this way.

Social Security fraud is more prominent than many people think. It can be committed by family members and personal caregivers, or even SSA employees themselves.

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