Milton man admits to defrauding Social Security Administration

A Milton resident has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to defrauding the Social Security Administration of more than $300,000, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said Friday.

Randy P. Courville, 53, received payments totaling $324,818 from 1995 until March 2012 even as he continued to work as a painter, Finley said in a news release.

“He owned his own business called R.T.’s Painting, which was later changed to Affordable Painting,” the release stated.

Finley said Courville’s wife and three children also received Social Security benefits during those years.

Courville was told to inform Social Security Administration officials when he was able to return to work, but Courville ignored the instructions, Finley said.

“At no time between 1995 and 2012 did Courville notify (the officials) that he was able to or had completed any work,” Finley said.

Courville faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release, the release stated.

He also must repay the $324,818 in restitution, Finley said.

Courville is scheduled to appear for sentencing in federal court in Lafayette on June 21.

The Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Uebinger.