NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A judge has sentenced a Newington man for stealing Social Security benefits from his deceased grandmother’s bank account.
Cedric Newman, 46, of Newington, was sentenced to six months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for stealing more than $200,000 in Social Security benefits.
Newman will serve the first three months of his supervised release in home confinement.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Newman’s grandmother was entitled to monthly Social Security benefits starting in 1980.
After Newman’s grandmother passed away in October 1996, the direct deposit payments continued until June 2014.
According to court documents, Newman began accessing the funds in March 2011 and used $218,079 for his own benefit.
Newman pleaded guilty in December 2015.
In addition to his time in prison and home confinement, he will have to pay back the Social Security Administration.