- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says a New Iberia man has been sentenced to two years in prison for lying to get $352,000 in Social Security benefits.

A news release says U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote also ordered 53-year-old Buddy Estelle to repay $352,937.20.

He was sentenced Monday, 14 months after pleading guilty to lying to the Social Security Administration.

Court documents state that Estelle had received disability benefits since 1984, and told agency staffers in 2011 that he hadn’t worked since 2000. He acknowledged that since 2000, he’s owned a business that buys and crushes cars for scrap.

Estelle was indicted on two counts of making a false statement and one of theft. Prosecutors dropped one false statement count and the theft charge in a plea agreement.


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