HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A former Holyoke resident has been sentenced to two years in prison for identity fraud.
A U.S. District Court Judge found Eddie Saez guilty of using another person’s name and Social Security number to fraudulently obtain Social Security benefits and funds through a MassHealth program.
While he was receiving Social Security Benefits, Saez manipulated the MassHealth Personal Care Attendant (PCA) program by enrolling the stolen identity in the program, and using his real name to provide fraudulent PCA services on the false identity.
The MassHealth PCA program provides people with disabilities funds to hire PCAs. He kept the MassHealth funds he received through the program. After the PCA services ended, Saez applied for and received unemployment benefits under his real name.
In November of last year, Saez pleaded guilty to three counts of false use of a Social Security number.
He was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to two years in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $76,288 to the Social Security Administration, $83,865 to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and $20,573 to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Unemployment Assistance.