McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

February 22, 2012

McAlester resident's questions about Social Security deposits reveal fraud allegations

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER — A McAlester resident’s questions have revealed that the federal Office of the Inspector General  and the Social Security Administration is conducting a criminal investigation into a scam involving the U.S. Treasury Department and a bank called Bancorp.

Kenny Sherrill and his wife Linda were concerned when two of their Social Security checks, which were normally direct deposited into their local bank account, were deposited into another bank without their knowledge or permission.

Charlie Brittian Project Manager for the Office of the Regional Commissioner from Social Security Administration in Dallas, confirmed the situation is being investigated by the Inspector General’s Office.

 “We are horrified by the situation, Brittian said. “The Inspector General is doing an investigation and the Treasury department is involved.”

She also said the number people involved is not yet known.

“We have no idea how wide spread this is.”

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Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.