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Montville Man Sentenced For Social Security Theft

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A federal judge in New Haven has ordered a Montville man to pay more than $42,100 in restitution and serve three years of probation for stealing the identity of someone else to secure social security benefits.

Prosecutors say the 58-year-old man was born Russell Fithian. He obtained the social security card and birth certificate of John Francis William sometime before 1993 and began using the name that year.

The man applied for social security retirement income in August 2009 under the name of John Francis William, who would have turned 62 that year and had reached eligible retirement age. The defendant was 54 at the time and not eligible for retirement.

He legally changed his name to John Francis William last year.

He pleaded guilty to stealing government property last October.

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