NH Dad Who Stole From His Children After Their Mom Died Gets Prison Time
CONCORD — A former Dover man will spend 13 months behind bars after stealing benefits from his children after their mother died.
On Friday, Arthur Nunes III, 41, formerly of Dover, was sentenced after making a false statement to receive social security benefits.
In February 2012, Nunes submitted an application for children’s insurance benefits to the Social Security Administration on behalf of his two kids based on the earnings record of their mother, who died the month before.
On the application, Nunes said the children lived with him when they were living with another relative.
The application was approved and Nunes began receiving monthly benefits in March 2012. He was supposed to us the benefits for his childrens' food, clothing, housing and medical care but instead used the money, which amounted to $36,526 before he was caught, for himself.
On Oct. 27, Nunes pleaded guilty. In addition to the prison time he has been ordered to pay $36,526 in restitution.
“Federal benefit programs provide an important source of support for many deserving families,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “Unfortunately, there are some individuals who attempt to defraud the system and obtain money that they are not entitled to receive. The U.S. Attorney’s Office works closely with the SSA’s Office of the Inspector General to ensure that those who attempt to defraud the SSA are identified and prosecuted so that government funds are available for those who should be receiving them.”