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Buffalo man pleads guilty to falsely receiving disability benefits

A Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the Social Security Administration so that he could keep receiving disability benefits, Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced on Monday.

Ari Elias Baum, 32, faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he returns for sentencing Nov. 15 before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, officials said.

Prosecutors said Baum’s benefits were stopped temporarily in 2010 when officials learned he was outside the United States for more than 30 consecutive days.

Although he subsequently was told to advise the SSA if he left the country, prosecutors said he traveled to Europe and the Middle East from March to August 2013 and from January to May 2014 and falsely received more than $6,400 in benefits, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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