Ex-lawmaker pleads guilty to Social Security fraud

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – A former western Missouri lawmaker has pleaded guilty to illegally collecting Social Security disability payments for several years while he was getting paid for serving in the Legislature.

Federal prosecutors say Raymond Salva of Sugar Creek entered his plea Wednesday to one charge of theft of government money. He admitted that he concealed his earnings and work activity in the Legislature from January 2004 through February 2008, receiving roughly $58,800 to which he was not entitled.

The 65-year-old Democrat agreed to reimburse the Social Security Administration for the overpayment before his sentencing hearing, which hasn’t been scheduled. He also could face up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine of up to $250,000.

Salva served in the Missouri House from January 2003 through December 2010.

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