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Burbank man one of 20 charged with fraud

Ben Godar

A Burbank man was one of 20 area residents charged recently with

stealing more than $1.1 million in Social Security funds.

Arthur Nathaniel Gilbert, 83, is charged with one count of Social

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Security fraud and one count of theft of government property for

continuing to collect checks on behalf of his father, who died in

1985, prosecutors said. He allegedly collected $92,212 in fraudulent checks.

Assistant U.S. Atty. John Webb said Gilbert’s case was exceptional

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because of the length of time that the fraud continued.

“He kept a low profile and no one realized there was a problem,”

he said.

If convicted, Gilbert could face up to 15 years in prison.

The 20 people charged were not conspiring together, Webb said.

They were charged as part of a sweep designed to clear some of the

backlog of cases, as well as send a message to others committing the

same types of fraud, he said.

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Ben Godar


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