Bridgeport man illegally received over $100,000 from Social Security after father passed away

Jessika Harkay, Hartford Courant
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A Bridgeport man has admitted that he received around $111,000 in Social Security funds after his father passed away in 2006.

Adolfo Vargas, 43, pleaded guilty to theft of public funds before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez Monday afternoon.

“Vargas’ father lawfully received Social Security Administration (SSA) monthly Retirement and Survivor Insurance benefit payments,” investigators said. “When Vargas’ father became ill, he gave Vargas access to his bank accounts so Vargas could make purchases on his behalf and take care of his affairs after his death. Vargas’ father died in 2006, but the SSA was never informed of his death.”

For 13 years, between 2006 and 2019, the Social Security Administration sent around $111,000 to Vargas. He used the money in “numerous ATM cash withdrawals, personal debit transactions and personal online purchases,” investigators said.

Vargas faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and has agreed to pay back $93,092. He’s free on $100,000 bond and expected back in court on June 23.

Jessika Harkay can be reached at jharkay@courant.com.