David Culp, of Boonville, pleaded guilty to stealing $76,008.83 in Social Security benefits over a decade by lying to the Social Security administration about the status of his marriage and his income.
A former resident manager of the Harvest House pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to stealing $76,000 in Social Security money between 2007 and 2018.
David Culp, 68, pleaded guilty to theft from the Social Security Administration before U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri Magistrate Judge Willie Epps. Epps has yet to set a sentencing date for Culp, but he could face 10 years in prison and will have to forfeit the $76,008.83 he admitted to stealing, according to a plea agreement.
Culp became eligible for Supplemental Security Income in 2007, but had reduced payments because of his wife’s income. Culp told the Social Security Administration that he and his wife separated so he could receive more money, according to the plea agreement. He also gave the administration his step-daughter’s address instead of his own, according to the agreement.
Culp started working as the Harvest House resident manager in March 2016. In 2017, he told the administration that he hadn’t worked there and asked it to remove his Harvest House earnings from his wage record so that he would receive higher payments, according to the plea agreement.
Culp received $76,008.83 in Social Security payments that he wasn’t entitled to between December 2007 and July 2018, and $30,371 of that was between 2015 and 2018, according to the plea agreement.
Culp’s attorney, Steven Berry of the Federal Public Defender’s Office, was out of his office on Friday morning.