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New London man guilty of making false statements

Mario Torres-Ortiz, 44, of New London, has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to making false statements in order to receive disability benefits.

Torres-Ortiz, who had been receiving disability benefit payments from the Social Security Administration since 1993, in 2009 submitted a form to the SSA in which he stated that he had not worked since 2000. An investigation revealed he had worked from May 2007 through May 2009 as a subcontractor installing carpet for a company located in Groton. He obtained $19,585 in disability benefits to which he was not entitled, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 14, 2011, to up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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