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Klamath Falls man sentenced for decades of theft from Social Security

Trays of printed Social Security checks are stacked to be mailed from the U.S. Treasury in this 2005 photo. - AP

A Klamath Falls man was sentenced to home confinement after decades of stealing monthly Social Security payments — and a COVID-19 stimulus check — by using the identity of his dead aunt.

George William Doumar, 77, will serve nine months of home confinement, three years on a supervised release and be required to pay restitution of more than $442,000 to the Social Security Administration and $1,200 to the Internal Revenue Service, as stated in court documents.

Requiring Doumar to provide 50 hours of community service was ultimately eliminated because of his health, according to the United States Attorney’s Office--District of Oregon.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office advised the Oregon District court that a “low-end guideline” sentence would best ensure Doumar pays back a significant portion of the money.

Doumar pleaded guilty in May to charges that he stole nearly $460,000 from Social Security starting in 1977 and well into 2020. He also received a $1,200 stimulus payment addressed to his aunt.

The relative, born in August of 1905, had died in March of 1971 but was never reported to the Social Security Administration. The woman applied for Social Security in 1970 but hadn’t applied for payments before her death the following year.

Checks began coming in 1977 after she reached what is referred to as her delayed retirement computation age, and Doumar started depositing them into a bank account he opened in her name.

Doumar’s long-term theft cycle came to light after the Administration’s Office of Anti-Fraud Programs flagged information that a 114-year-old woman was receiving Social Security benefits. Investigators determined that she not only had died in Brooklyn, New York, in 1971 but led to the discovery that Doumar was depositing the checks and spending the money.

In 1989, Doumar updated the address where his late aunt was supposed to be residing: The location of his Klamath Falls business, Frontier Parcel & Fax Service. One of the services provided there was mailbox rentals.

Doumar offered to use his house to repay the government, according to court documents.

He could have also faced up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if the government had pursued maximum penalties, the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated previously.