A Covington man who was receiving disability payments while he was working as a loan officer was sentenced to three years probation Thursday by U.S. District Judge Barry W. Ashe, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Peter Strasser's office.

James Briant, 68, will also have to pay $134,000 in restitution to the Social Security Administration.

Briant pleaded guilty on Oct. 18 to making false statements to the Social Security Administration in order to get disability payments.

According to court documents, Briant had applied for disability payments in June of 2010, claiming that a back disorder and heart disease left him unable to work. He started receiving monthly payments of $2,370 in December of 2011.

But the following September, Briant began working as a mortgage broker and senior loan officer at Alpha Mortgage LLC, a job that he had through June of 2017.

He did not report his income from that job to Social Security, despite an obligation to report any income, and even signed a certified statement in December of 2015 saying he had not worked since 2011, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release.

He was charged in a bill of information in June.


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