Little Falls man pleads guilty to theft of public money

On Nov. 15, in federal court, a 65-year-old Little Falls man pleaded guilty to stealing approximately $47,951 from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Bruce Holman pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money. Holman, who was indicted Sept. 11, entered his plea before United States District Judge Richard H. Kyle.

During the hearing, Holman acknowledged that he has received Social Security Disability Insurance payments since 1992. Since that time, he was aware that he had an ongoing duty to promptly notify the SSA upon imprisonment for a felony conviction. From June 2007 until March 2011, Holman was imprisoned by the state of Minnesota for a felony conviction. However, he never notified the SSA of his conviction or imprisonment. Thus, he continued receiving Social Security Disability Insurance payments throughout the term of his imprisonment. The total amount of Social Security Disability payments he received while imprisoned was approximately $47,951.

For his offense, Holman faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison, as well as possible fines and forfeitures. Judge Kyle will determine his sentence at a future hearing, yet to be scheduled. This case is the result of an investigation by the SSA’s Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Calhoun-Lopez.