Philadelphia Man With Multiple
Identities Sentenced for $359,000 In Welfare Fraud
Harrisburg- A Philadelphia man using multiple
names and addresses recently pleaded guilty and was sentenced for fraudulently
obtaining and using public assistance benefits totaling $359,262.04, over
nearly an eight-year span.
Gregory William Miller, 64, a/k/a
Bruce Barnes, Norman Benson, Douglas Davis, Milton Faulkner, Bernard Hart,
William Johnson, Louis McBride, Kenneth Mills, Vincent Jay Nelson, and Reginal
Quick, of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, used multiple identities and
addresses to fraudulently receive $70,526.78 in cash assistance, $55,407.18 in
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and $233,328.08 in
medical assistance benefits from June 13, 2001 through April 30, 2009.
The Office of Inspector General’s
investigation began in September 2007 after receiving a referral from the
Philadelphia Police Department, and culminated with the Philadelphia District
Attorney’s Office filing felony welfare fraud charges against Miller in 2013
following his arrest and extradition from Georgia. Miller was also charged with
multiple counts of identity theft, forgery, and tampering with public records.
Miller was sentenced by Judge
Rayford A. Means, to a minimum of 15 months and a maximum of 30 months
confinement at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Graterford, followed by
five years probation. Miller was also ordered to pay $50 per month toward
restitution, costs, fees, and fines. He was disqualified from receiving
cash assistance benefits for a period of six months and SNAP benefits for a
period of 12 months.
proud of the diligent work performed by the Office of Inspector General, in
cooperation with the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Philadelphia
District Attorney to bring this individual to justice,” Inspector General
Michael A. Sprow said. “Welfare fraud is not a victimless crime, and will
not be treated as such.”
Office of Inspector General’s Bureau of Fraud Prevention and Prosecution is
responsible for investigating welfare fraud and conducting collection
activities for programs administered by, or contracted through, the Department
of Public Welfare (DPW).
The Office of Inspector General works with DPW’s county assistance
offices statewide to identify suspected cases of public assistance fraud and
with local district attorneys to bring the cases to prosecution.
Those found guilty of welfare fraud could face a maximum sentence
of seven years in prison, fines up to $15,000, mandatory restitution, and
The Office of Inspector General also relies on tips from concerned
citizens. To report suspected fraud, call the Welfare Fraud Tipline at
1-800-932-0582. Callers may remain anonymous.
Visit the Pennsylvania Office of Inspector General online at www.oig.state.pa.us.
contact: James H.