CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A former Mississippi County deputy sheriff was sentenced to six months home confinement and three years of probation for Social Security fraud.
Jerry Grice, 61, pleaded guilty in April to one felony count of falsely representing a Social Security number, one felony count of false statement of a material fact in determining rights to payment and five felony counts of failure to disclose his gainful employment to Social Security.
In August 2004, the Social Security Administration-St. Louis Office of Investigations received information from the Missouri State Highway Patrol that Grice was receiving wages from employment as a deputy for Mississippi County, but had failed to notify the Social Security Administration and as a result had received nine years of disability benefits which he was not entitled to receive because of his employment.
Agents further learned that Grice had been successful in concealing his wages as a deputy sheriff by providing his employer a fictitious Social Security number and that he had falsely reported to the Social Security Administration that he had not performed any work since May 7, 1993.
Grice was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $66,120 during his term of probation.