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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

Monday, February 24, 2014

Carriere Man Pleads Guilty To Social Security Fraud

Gulfport, Miss. – Alan Paul Blache, 63, of Carriere, Mississippi, was sentenced today in U. S. District Court to six months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release with five months of home confinement for theft of government funds, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis announced. Blache was also ordered to pay $114,855.90 in restitution to the Social Security Administration. Blache pled guilty to the charges on December 2, 2013.

From July 2005 through April 2011, in Pearl River County, Alan Paul Blache knowingly stole approximately $114,855.90 in Title II Social Security Disability Insurance benefit payments by concealing his full employment and earnings from the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) while working as a security guard at the Pearl River County Mississippi Welcome Center. Blache worked shifts during the time period alleged under his name and social security number, but he also worked additional shifts under his wife’s name and social security number and concealed his true earnings from the SSA. As a result of his repeated concealment and failure to disclose his true earnings, Blache caused the SSA to overpay him Title II Social Security Disability Insurance benefit payments in the amount of $114,855.90.

This case was investigated by agents of the Social Security Administration-Office of the Inspector General Office of Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud from a person or an organization soliciting relief funds on behalf of storm victims, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud toll free at:

(866) 720-5721

You can also fax information to:

(225) 334-4707

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