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Michael J. Sullivan
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November 14, 2006

Dorchester Man Sentenced for Fraud

Boston, MA... A Dorchester, Massachusetts man was sentenced yesterday in federal court after pleading guilty to charges in connection with his fraudulently obtaining Section 8 housing benefits and student loans.

United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Peter Emerzian, Special Agent in Charge the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Inspector General; Leo J. Sullivan, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General; and Gary E. Mathison, Regional Inspector General for Investigations of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Inspector General, announced that U.S. District Judge George A. O'Toole sentenced DAVID MURRAY-MCCARTHY, age 38, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, to 1 year and 6 months' incarceration. MURRAY-MCCARTHY was also ordered to pay restitution in the total amount of $138,929. On June 15, 2006, MURRAY-MCCARTHY pleaded guilty to a three-count Information charging him with making false statements to HUD and the Department of Education and defrauding the Social Security Administration.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that, had the case proceeded to trial, the evidence would have proven that MURRAY-MCCARTHY under-reported his income to HUD in order to receive Section 8 housing benefits. MURRAY-MCCARTHY made the false statement in 2004 while he was living in Burlington. MURRAY-MCCARTHY also defrauded the Social Security Administration between 2000 and 2005 by claiming that he was entitled to disability benefits. Although he claimed he was unable to work, MURRAY-MCCARTHY was actually employed at Verizon. Additionally, MURRAY-MCCARTHY obtained federally insured student loans after defaulting on previous loans by making false statements to the Department of Education concerning his name, Social Security Number and loan history.

The case was investigated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of the Inspector General; the Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General; and the Department of Education's Office of Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney George W. Vien in Sullivan's Public Corruption Unit.

Press Contact: Samantha Martin, (617) 748-3139.

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