September 21, 2022
Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Pleaded Guilty to Social Security Fraud
On September 21, 2022, Dwayne Bent pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to wire fraud. Bent was indicted in July 2022 in connection with a scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration (SSA) in order to obtain Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) by false and fraudulent pretenses. In October 2014, Bent submitted an application for SSA DIB and was approved in January 2017 with a retroactive disability date of May 21, 2013. From March 2017 through August 2019, Bent collected over $200,000 in SSA DIB payments while concealing from SSA two successful DOT medical examinations in 2016 and 2018 from. Bent received medical examiners certificates in 2016 and 2018 that deemed Bent physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle, including across State lines, in accordance with the physical qualification standards and with no medical restrictions. In addition, Bent concealed employment as a commercial motor vehicle driver from SSA.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with SSA-OIG.