A Blythewood man has been charged with stealing social security benefits. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Columbia, a three-count indictment was returned against 66-year-old Levi D. Brown. Brown, who could face 15 years in prison if convicted, is accused of stealing another person’s identity and lying to the government to get that person’s benefits. The government did not say whether Brown knew his victim.
In another case, a North Carolina man has been indicted for stealing from the U.S. Department of Energy after claiming daily payments he had not earned. Gregory Richey, 41, of Hampstead, North Carolina, could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Columbia said. No information was given on how much money was allegedly stolen or when.