Benefits thief who worked in Vancouver gets 27 months

first_imgA former engineer employed with technology manufacturing companies in Vancouver was sentenced Monday in federal court to 27 months in prison for posing as dead children to collect more than $360,000 in government benefits.Steven Lynn Ross, 67, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Tacoma for a nearly 20-year scheme in which he collected disability benefits under his own identity while working under a false identity, U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran announced Monday.Ross pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to theft of public funds and aggravated identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.He stole a total of $368,458 in government benefits between 2001 and 2017. As early as 1987, he assumed the identities of at least two dead children, killed in the 1950s and 1960s, in order to open Social Security accounts in their names. One died as a toddler in a car crash and the other at 13 years old in a 1968 plane crash, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.Ross used the identities to obtain driver’s licenses, bank accounts and passports in different names, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.In 2001, he started collecting disability benefits using his real name, stating he was too ill to work. However, he continued working under one of his assumed identities and collected disability payments through the scheme, despite not counting as disabled, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.last_img

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