Saltillo man accused of SSA benefits scheme

By NEMS Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Paul Griffith of Saltillo is free on bond and facing a two-count federal indictment that he falsely declared himself eligible for certain payments.
Griffith, 65, pleaded not guilty Tuesday before District Judge Sharion Aycock. His trial is set for June 17.
An April 24 indictment accuses Griffith of making false statements in a 2009 application for Social Security benefits for a stepdaughter, saying she resided with him 50 percent of the time and that he contributed more than half of her care.
The statements resulted in SSA benefits of $29,348 to Griffith from April 2009 through January 2013.
If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison, $500,000 fines or both.