Patrick man pleaded guilty in federal court

A Patrick County man who allegedly stole more than $230,000 from the Social Security Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services pleaded guilty in federal court last week.

According to a release, Mark S. Huffman, 46, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to the one-count Information (a written statement of the essential facts in an alleged incident), charging him with theft of government monies.

Huffman, who allegedly received disability benefits to which he was not entitled, pleaded guilty Thursday in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Danville, according to a release from Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle.

As part of a plea agreement, Huffman agreed to pay restitution of $234,134 to the Social Security Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, the defendant faces a maximum jail term of up to 10 years, the release stated.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea hearing by Assistant United States Attorney’s Charlene R. Day, Huffman allegedly collected $234,134 in disability benefits from the government while also earning money working a full-time job, which he failed to report to the Social Security Administration or the Department of Health and Human Services, as required by law.

Investigation of the case was conducted by Department of Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration.

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