A Buffalo man who stole more than $160,100 worth of Social Security benefits by failing to notify the federal agency of his father’s death admitted to theft of public money and faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported.
Joseph Packer Jr., 62, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to the charge, Hochul reported Friday.
Packer withdrew and spent the money from a joint savings account he held with his father after the benefits were directly deposited into the account by the Social Security Administration.
Joseph Packer Sr., a 20-year general contractor for Laborer’s Local 91, died April 26, 2000 in Buffalo at the age of 90.
Packer Jr. is scheduled to be sentenced on May 8.