Scott man pleads guilty to lying to receive disability benefits

A Scott resident pleaded guilty this week to lying to the Social Security Administration to receive almost $200,000 in disability benefits, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said.

William Joseph Folse Jr., 51, faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty before U.S. District Magistrate Judge C. Michael Hill on Wednesday.

Folse admitted to applying for disability in the 1990s after a “slip and fall accident” and to working at a restaurant since 1998 while receiving federal disability payments, Finley said.

She said Folse received $199,007 in Social Security benefits while making more than $12,000 a year at the restaurant.

He is scheduled to be sentenced May 16.