ROGERS CITY, MI – Robert and Maxine Pochmara and Gary and Sue Wilson, next door neighbors in Rogers City, Michigan have been sentenced for their involvement in a Federal fraud case.
Robert and Maxine Pochmara of Rogers City were sentenced this week to more than two years in prison each. They both admitted to defrauding the government by giving false information to the Social Security Administration and the US Railroad Retirement Board.
Maxine and Robert Pochmara were divorced in 1991. Maxine Pochmara continued to list her ex-husband Robert Pochmara on her Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance for him to receive benefits.
While Maxine Pochmara was listing her ex-husband on her Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance, Robert Pochmara was claiming disability through the Social Security Administration and claiming benefits through the US Railroad Retirement Board.
During the time that the fraud was being committed to the Social Security and the US Railroad Retirement, Robert Pochmara was operating Napa Auto Parts in Rogers City. The fraud went on for more than 20 years.
They have been court ordered to pay more than $325,000 in restitution.
Gary and Sue Wilson, the Pochmara’s neighbors, were also sentenced to prison time for conspiracy. They have been court ordered to repay $226,000.
Judge Michael Mack, Circuit Court, Alpena, MI presides over the case.