Defendant Fraudulently Collected more than $368,000 using Stolen Identities of Children who Died in the 1950s and 60s

          A former engineer employed with technology manufacturing companies in the Vancouver, Washington area was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 27 months in prison for his nearly twenty-year scheme to collect disability benefits under his own identity while working under a false identity, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.   STEVEN LYNN ROSS, 67, stole $368,458 in government benefits between 2001 and 2017.  ROSS possessed identity documents he had fraudulently obtained in the names of children who died in the 1950s and 1960s.  ROSS used the stolen identities to obtain identity documents in the false names as early as 1987.  At today’s sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle imposed an additional $20,000 fine, saying, “Our government depends on the honesty of its citizens to work…. The victims here are future generations… his daughters and grandchildren will be paying.”

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