Five charged with fraud against Social Security
Five people were charged yesterday for allegedly defrauding and stealing money from the Social Security system.
Patricia Pendleton, 78; Christopher Brester, 58; Roy Delorenia Daano, 74, and Bon Von Jovi, 47, were indicted by a federal grand jury. Jeffrey Keola, 47, was charged by information.
They face a maximum prison term of five years for the Social Security offenses, 10 years for theft and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
Pendleton is accused of using two different identities and Social Security numbers to obtain Social Security pensions worth $50,000.
Brester's indictment alleges that he claimed disability payments of $158,000 from Social Security while working as a heavy-machine mechanic.
Daano, aka Rufino Daano, is charged with allegedly claiming Social Security benefits intended for his former wife and stepchildren totaling $67,000.
Von Jovi is charged with Social Security and passport fraud offenses related to the alleged use of multiple identities and Social Security numbers.
Keola is charged with theft for allegedly collecting Social Security payments to his dead father totaling about $83,000.