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Buffalo man who used fake identity for 35 years admits illegally collecting disability payments

A Buffalo man accused of fraudulently using someone else's identity for about 35 years has admitted to illegally collecting nearly $300,000 in disability payments over that time.

Marvin Tucker, 74, pleaded guilty to felony grand larceny and misdemeanor offering a false instrument for filing, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said in a statement.

Tucker's scheme unraveled, Flynn said, when he went to the Department of Motor Vehicles office on Dingens Street in Buffalo in June 2018 to renew a driver's license as Thomas Savage.

Workers using facial recognition technology figured out the applicant wasn't Savage and the document was falsified.

Investigation by the DA's Office and Social Security Administration determined between May 1, 1984, and May 1, 2018, Tucker received $291,624 in disability payments under his legal name while employed as Savage.

Further, between Jan. 1, 2011, and May 1, 2018, he collected $114,416 in retirement benefits in Savage's name.

Tucker agreed to repay $291,624 to the Social Security Administration. He faces up to 23 years in prison when sentenced Sept. 26.

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