Flannery indicted for fraud and theft in federal court

Linda Trest
Staff Writer

James Flannery of Gerald has been charged in federal court on allegations of wire fraud, making false statements to an agent, misuse of a social security number and theft of government funds. All four are felony charges.

Information concerning the case has been obtained from PACER, the U.S. Courts website.

On Dec. 6, 2018, a federal grand jury returned a true bill in the Flannery case. A warrant for his arrest was issued the following day. 

Flannery was arrested Dec. 13 and released on his own recognizance. 

On Dec. 19, Flannery appeared before Magistrate Judge Patricia L. Cohen and entered a plea of not guilty. He is being represented by Federal Assistant Public Defender Lucille G. Liggett. U. S. Attorney Diane E. H. Klocke is prosecuting the case. 

Court documents explain: On or about March 15, 2002, James Flannery applied for Title II Disability Insurance Benefits, and was granted benefits on October 23, 2002. 

Flannery’s disability onset date was determined to be October 9, 1999, and his severe impairment was classified as “Disorders of Back.”

From approximately January 28, 2011, through at least May, 2018, James Flannery ran a business in which he bought and sold wooden pallets, working with several different businesses.

In May 2018, the Social Security Administration ceased James Flannery’s disability benefits, due to his alleged work activity.