Jury convicts psychologist in alleged social security scam

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 19, 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced June 12 that a federal jury has convicted clinical psychologist Alfred Bradley Adkins for his role in an alleged social security disability fraud scheme.

The purported scheme involved submitting thousands of falsified medical documents to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Adkins allegedly committed mail fraud and wire fraud during the scheme. The entire scheme forced the SSA to pay more than $600 million in benefits to claimants because of false submissions.

Making the announcement were acting assistant attorney general Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, special agent in charge Michael McGill of the Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General’s (SSA-OIG) Philadelphia Field Division, special agent in charge Amy S. Hess of the FBI’s Louisville Field Division, special agent in charge Tracey D. Montaño of Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI) Nashville Field Office; and special agent in charge Derrick Jackson of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of the Inspector General’s (HHS-OIG) Atlanta Regional Office.

“Today’s jury verdict holds accountable the final defendant for his role in the largest scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration in its history,” Blanco said. “Each defendant abused the trust placed in him as a professional for personal gain. We thank our law enforcement partners for their years-long investigation and commitment to this case.”

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