August 23, 2021
Pennsylvania Individual Convicted and Sentenced for Wire Fraud and False Statements
On August 23, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania sentenced Peter Albanese to 5 years of probation, 5 months of home confinement, $80,361 in restitution, and a $700 special assessment. On April 15, Albanese pleaded guilty to wire fraud, Social Security fraud, and false statement charges. Albanese defrauded the Social Security Administration (SSA) by falsely claiming a disability to obtain benefits. From 2017 through October 2020, Albanese collected over $80,000 in disability benefits while concealing work and income as a commercial motor vehicle driver. Albanese also presented a fraudulent Medical Examiner’s Certificate during a federally regulated roadside inspection to conceal that they did not undergo a medical examination or hold the certification Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require for drivers.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with SSA-OIG with substantial assistance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.