Man pretended he was his dead wife to collect Social Security

Daniel Chase, 61, of Weathersfield was sentenced Sept. 8 in United States District Court in Rutland to one year of probation after pleading guilty to making false statements to the Social Security Administration.

In May 2021, a federal grand jury in Burlington returned an indictment charging Chase with three counts of making false statements to the Social Security Administration. In June 2020, Chase’s spouse, who had been receiving Social Security disability payments, died. Upon learning of the spouse’s death, SSA stopped the spouse’s monthly payment, which was about $867. According to the indictment, in an effort to get his spouse’s benefit payments reinstated, Chase repeatedly made false claims to SSA that he was the spouse, that he was alive and that the payments had been wrongly terminated. Chase also submitted forged documents to SSA purportedly as proof that the spouse was alive.

Chase also was ordered to pay $2602 in restitution.

Indicted for intent to sell cocaine – A Colchester man has been indicted in federal court for possessing cocaine with an intent to sell. Court records say Dominique Troupe (also known as “Wop” and “Juice”), 35, was arrested last Wednesday evening as he got off the ferry in Grand Isle, after travelling to New York to obtain crack cocaine for distribution in Vermont. He was arrested with more than 200 grams (including packaging) of cocaine base in the trunk of his vehicle.

At the time of his arrest, Troupe was subject to conditions imposed last month by a state court in connection with a pending prosecution in that court for Aggravated Assault and Burglary. The state-court-imposed conditions required Troupe to stay at his Colchester residence, subject to certain exceptions. The US Attorney has moved for Troupe to be detained pending prosecution.

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