Sunday, May 15, 2011

Arizona Brothers Plead Guilty To Embezzling $1.3 Million

Robert Lee Skaggs, 57, and Ray T. Skaggs, 42, of Tucson, Arizona, pleaded guilty to charges they embezzled about $1.3 million from social security recipients. According to authorities, the brothers, through a non-profit company they controlled called SCOPE, which operated as a payee services firm that paid bills and distributed social security money for recipients not able to manage their own expenses. The Skaggs' misappropriation spanned more than 13 years, from December 1994 to April 2008. The two pleaded guilty to conspiracy, mail fraud and conversion of security payee funds and face 20 years in prison and have been ordered to pay restitution. Another sibling, Jo Ann Skaggs, 53, their sister, was also involved in the company and is awaiting trial, which is set for June 20. The three were originally indicted last October.

Read the story here and here.

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