Omaha, Nebraska – Former Omaha resident was found guilty and sentenced to jail for falsely applying for social security and Medicaid benefits.
According to the court, the 55-year-old Derek Miller was sentenced to 22 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release with special conditions for falsely applying for benefits. In addition to his prison sentence, Miller was ordered to pay $24,552.00 in restitution.
As per the available court records, Miller received Social Security Disability and Medicaid benefits from 2009 to 2019. Additionally, Miller wrongfully received SNAP benefits for a few years starting March 2013 to September 2017.
The prosecutors in the case were able to prove that Miller lied about his employment status during the years while he was receiving the benefits. According to them, Miller claimed that he was only washing cars on occasion.
However, on the opposite of his claims, Miller owned and operated his own vehicle repossession business which practically made him ineligible to apply and be approved for the benefits.
Because of his false reports, Miller received $81,568 in SSI, $301,391.77 in Medicaid benefits, and $5,038 in SNAP benefits he was not entitled to.