Syracuse, NY – A 34-year-old Syracuse man and former federal employee was sentenced to two years and one month in prison for stealing more than $100,000 in Supplemental Security Income benefits, according to federal prosecutors.
Sean Okrzesik worked in the Syracuse branch of the Social Security Administration, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York.
Okrzesik used the names and Social Security numbers of beneficiaries and their representatives to open bank accounts and then funneled their benefit payments into the accounts between February 2020 and February 2021, federal prosecutors said.
He used the stolen money to vacation in the Caribbean, gamble online and buy video games, a custom-made suit and jewelry, federal prosecutors said.
The total amount of money he stole was $103,798.77, federal prosecutors said.
Okrzesik pleaded guilty in November.
After prison, Okrzesik will be on probation for three years and ordered to pay $103,799, federal prosecutors said.
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