The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 18, 2012

Eccles man sentenced for disability benefits fraud


Associated Press

LYNCHBURG, VA. — A West Virginia man will spend two years behind bars for fraudulently obtaining more than $265,000 in disability benefits.

Gilbert Goff of Eccles pleaded guilty in July to theft of government monies. The 64-year-old was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Lynchburg.

U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy says Goff agreed to pay $265,673 in restitution.

Goff received disability payments he wasn’t entitled from 1990 through 2011 by hiding his income from the Social Security Administration.