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An employee with the social security administration in D.C. has been sentenced to a year and half in prison for accepting bribes
Federal prosecutors say Christopher Payton, a Social Security Specialist, pocketed more than $50,000 in bribes. In return, he helped more than a dozen people receive extra, unauthorized benefits.
Payton, a Maryland resident, was based out of Social Security’s Anacostia office in Southeast D.C. According to authorities, Payton offered to help people receive extra benefits if they offered him a tip. Once people began seeing the extra income in their bank accounts, they would meet Payton in Anacostia to pay him cash.
The gratuities added up over time to more than $50,000. As part of his guilty plea, Payton will have to pay back the money in restitution to the social security administration.
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