What You Need to Know
- An ex-broker in Ohio was convicted of stealing more than $370,000 in Social Security disability benefits through fraud.
- He also made false statements related to his theft of $20,000 from an Ohio church.
- The former broker and advisor was also ordered to pay more than $370,000 in restitution.
A former Dayton, Ohio-area registered broker and advisor was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday for Social Security fraud and making false statements regarding theft from a church in Xenia, Ohio, according to court documents and Kenneth L. Parker, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.
Charles Edward Severt Jr., 52, of Xenia, was sentenced in federal court to 24 months in prison for allegedly stealing more than $370,000 in Social Security disability benefits and for making false statements related to his theft of $20,000 from the church.
The sentence was imposed by Senior Judge Walter H. Rice in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Parker announced on Wednesday.
As part of his sentence, Severt will also pay more than $370,000 in restitution, Parker said in a news release.
Thomas W. Anderson, a federal public defender who represented Severt, according to court documents, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.
Lied to Get Disability Benefits
Severt was indicted and arrested in March 2021. According to court documents, in connection with his application for disability benefits, Severt claimed he had not worked since 2010 due to a shooting. In reality, however, Severt had been working since at least 2014 in the tree-trimming business.