Man pleads guilty to theft of $248,145.90 collected on Social Security Disability Insurance benefits

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of filing false income tax return and theft of government property, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Robert Alan Seth, Sr., of 4 Danvers Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on April 15, 2014, Seth, Sr. filed a false income tax return for the tax year 2013. Additionally, from in and around January 2009, and continuing thereafter to in and around July 2017, Seth, Sr. collected Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for himself and for his minor child in an amount totaling $248,145.90.

Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for February 6, 2019. The law provides for a total maximum sentence of 13 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Charles A. Eberle is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations and the Social Security Administration conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Robert Alan Seth, Sr.