A 58-year-old Bryn Mawr man faces federal charges of falsifying his eligibility for disability benefits and collecting more than $90,000 in Social Security checks as a result, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia announced Tuesday.
Emmitt R.O. Jackson III is charged with Social Security fraud, theft of government funds and 56 counts of mail fraud—one for each disability check that arrived at his home for either himself or the dependent minor in his house between August 2009 and May 2012.
Jackson stated in his October 2008 application for Disability Insurance Benefits that he had become disabled in July 2007, according to the indictment. Once his application was approved in early 2009, he began receiving monthly checks, for himself and also for a child in the house until that child turned 18 in mid-2011.
Jackson purported to the Social Security Administration in September 2011 that he had not worked since becoming disabled, other than 10 hours a week with Deluxe Office Cleaning for parts of 2010 and 2011, according to the indictment.
However, authorities concluded Jackson had worked continuously at Bethel AME Church in Bryn Mawr from September 2008 through February 2012.
An arrest warrant for Jackson was issued Tuesday. He would face up to three years of supervised release if convicted, as well as the possibility of owing restitution and a fine of up to $14,750,000, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The indictment document is attached to this article.