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New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Accepting Social Security Disability Benefits

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Newark, NJMoments prior to a jury selection, a Livingston, New Jersey, man pleaded guilty in an $800,000 investment scheme in addition to unlawfully receiving social security disability benefits, the Star-Ledger reports.

The scheme, which was carried out by Paul LoPapa, who reportedly has a history of fraudulent behavior, affected victims from around the country, including as far away as Arizona and Nevada, according to the news provider.

In addition to the investment fraud, it was alleged that LoPapa illegally received $145,000 in social security disability payments and falsely claimed that he had not been working since 1990, the news source said.

LoPapa faces up to 20 years in prison as well as fines of more than $250,000 in connection with the case. The news provider speculates that he will most likely receive less than that in accordance with US government sentencing guidelines.

According to the United States Social Security Administration, the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs are "the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities."

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