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Hudson man pleads guilty to Social Security fraud

A Hudson man accused of taking Social Security money from his deceased mother pleaded guilty Monday in a U.S. District Court.

U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced that Robert Duquette, 74, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money. ...

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A Hudson man accused of taking Social Security money from his deceased mother pleaded guilty Monday in a U.S. District Court.

U.S. Attorney Emily Gray Rice announced that Robert Duquette, 74, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money.

Court records indicate Duquette’s mother was receiving widow’s benefits from the Social Security Administration at the time of her death in October 2006. After her death, however, Social Security continued to deposit monthly benefits into a bank account Duquette held jointly with his mother and he failed to advise Social Security about the erroneous payments, documents state.

Instead, he withdrew the monies from the account and used them for his own personal expenses for more than seven years. Because his mother’s death was not reported to Social Security, Duquette was able to convert approximately $101,250 in benefits to his own use, according to Rice.

A sentencing for Duquette is scheduled for Jan. 24, 2017.

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Karen Burzycki.

– Telegraph staff