Laurel man pleads guilty to theft of federal funds

Laurel man pleads guilty to theft of federal funds

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Laurel man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to theft of federal funds Monday, according to U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis.

According to attorney Davis, Brad Douglas Gatlin, 50, received disability insurance benefits to which he was not entitled to from February 2009 to March 2015.

Originally, he received the benefits for a disability that prevented him from working. However, in February 2009, he went back to work for a transport company and masked his work activity from the Social Security Administration to continue to receive benefits.

Gatlin was paid by the transport company through his wife's social security number.

According to attorney Davis, based on Gatlin's fraudulent activities, he received $214,109 in disability insurance benefits.

Gatlin will be sentenced on March 7, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. by U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett.

Gatlin faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.