Illinois man declared dead sentenced in Vegas |

Illinois man declared dead sentenced in Vegas

Staff Reports

An Illinois man who abandoned his family, and was declared legally dead in 1986, was ordered to pay back $78,500 in Social Security benefits his family collected.

Arthur Jones was sentenced to a suspended 18-48 month prison term, with three years of probation, for fraud in connection with a driver’s license.

Jones, 73, was living under an assumed identity and using another individual’s social security number for nearly 30 years.

“Cases like this are the reason my office continues to diligently pursue identity fraud and all fraud, which devastates victims emotionally and financially,” said Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

During probation Jones is ordered to pay over $78,500 to the Social Security Administration for payments wrongly made to his family after he was declared dead in Illinois.

He is also ordered to pay over $11,400 to the victim, Clifton Goodenough, for missed work and legal fees incurred in connection with the misuse of Goodenough’s social security number. Additionally, Jones is required to perform community service, stay out of trouble, and complete counseling deemed necessary by the Division of Parole and Probation, as well as abide by other standard terms of probation.

Jones pleaded guilty to a class E felony.

Clark County District Court Judge James Bixler presided over the case, which was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Adam Woodrum.