Huron Man Defrauded Government For $23,000 In Benefits

Authorities in Beadle County say a Huron man indicted on bigamy and grand theft charges defrauded the government for about $23,000 in Social Security benefits.

States Attorney Mike Moore says a warrant has been issued for Wayne Songer, who never divorced his first wife before marrying another woman in 1993.

Moore says that when Songer’s second wife applied for Social Security benefits, Songer told the government he had never been married before, allowing her to receive benefits to which she’s not entitled.

Moore says the Office of Inspector General brought the case to his attention, but that federal charges will not be filed.

Bigamy is a class six felony, punishable by up to two years in prison. Grand Theft is a class four felony, punishable by up to 10 years.

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