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TRENTON – Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced that a Gloucester County man was indicted for allegedly stealing more than $243,000 by fraudulently collecting Social Security benefits for his father for 29 years after the father died. The father had worked a second job using a false name and a second Social Security number he obtained in that name. When the father died, the son continued to collect benefits paid in connection with that false identity, for which no death was reported.
Nicholas A. Severino Jr., 62, of Paulsboro, was indicted by a state grand jury on a charge of second-degree theft. The charge is the result of an investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice and the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Social Security Administration. The investigation determined that, after Severino’s father died in 1984, Severino continued to collect Social Security benefits which the father had been receiving under the name Frank DiCarlo. Severino Jr. collected a total of $243,844 between April 1984, when the father died, and August 2013, when the Social Security Administration (SSA) stopped paying benefits.