Vancleave man admits stealing $105,000 in disability benefits

theftGULFPORT, Mississippi (AP) — A 46-year-old Vancleave man has admitted he stole nearly $106,000 in disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

The Sun Herald reports Ricky Wade Perry has pleaded guilty to theft of government funds, a charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. will sentence him Nov. 1.

An indictment says Perry stole about $105,793 from the Social Security Administration between July 2009 and March 2015. The money was from Social Security Disability Insurance payments.

A federal grand jury indicted Perry on March 22.

Perry has remained free on a $25,000 bond since his initial court appearance in April 6.

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