Georgia man accused of social security, wire fraud in Springfield


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Georgia man is facing charges for social security and wire fraud in Springfield. 

According to U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, 55-year-old Fabrizio I. Pluchino was indicted by a grand jury in Springfield on October 25 for using a falsely obtained Social Security number and one count of wire fraud. 

Pluchino allegedly used the falsely obtained Social Security number to apply to be a Cardiac Surgical Technologist at an unidentified western Massachusetts hospital. He is also accused of using false work history and false employment references while applying to work at the hospital.  As a result, Lelling said he made more than $190,000 during his employment there.

The charge for falsely obtaining Social Security numbers carries a sentence of no more than 5 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The charge for wire fraud is a sentence up to 20 years of prison, 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. 

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