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Charges filed against Perham man for Social Security theft

A Perham man is facing two counts of felony theft after allegedly lying to collect Social Security benefits.

Wayne Allen Larson, 54, filed for Social Security disability benefits on June 15, 1995, according to court documents. On March 27, 2009, records state that Larson answered "no" to a work act form which asked if he had worked since the time of his initial disability filing.

Social Security received information that Larson had returned to work in August of 2005 as an independent construction contractor for New Life Farms.

A special agent discovered that New Life Farms had hired Larson and another male, who worked from August 2005 to August 2008. In that time, Larson and the man made $254,150, according to court documents.

A representative of New Life Farms told the special agent that Larson had never indicated any type of disability.

Larson admitted that he did not report the work he completed for New Life Farms.

During the three years he was working, Larson collected $24,285 in Social Security disability benefits that he was not entitled to.

The penalty for each felony theft charge holds the possibility of up to 10 years in prison or a $20,000 fine.