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An Olalla man has been sentenced to 2 years in federal jail for amassing the Social Security advantages of a brother who disappeared after visiting him.
Chris Harvey Sayler, 74, collected no less than $388,000 during the last 20 years, utilizing the identification of his brother, Jarvis, who was final seen after residing briefly with Chris Sayler within the Vancouver, Washington space in 1988, in line with federal prosecutors.
Sayler was sentenced on Thursday in U.S. District Court docket in Tacoma to 25 months in jail, in line with a press launch from performing U.S. Legal professional Tessa Gorman. He pleaded responsible to wire fraud and aggravated identification theft earlier this yr, in line with court docket information.
“This can be a unhappy case for all involved — together with the general public….” mentioned U.S. District Decide Robert J. Bryan. “It is a crime in opposition to all of the citizen taxpayers within the nation.” Decide Bryan famous that however for Sayler’s age, well being and navy service, he would have confronted a for much longer sentence.
In line with information cited within the press launch, Chris Sayler’s brother, Jarvis L. Sayler, then 37, moved from Missouri to the Vancouver space in 1988.
“Jarvis Sayler was born with partial eyesight, and had been receiving Social Security incapacity advantages since 1977,” the information launch mentioned. “Jarvis Sayler wrote a number of letters to Missouri between June and September 1988, however that was the final anybody heard from him.”
A 3rd brother reported him lacking the following yr. Clark County Sheriff’s deputies “interviewed Chris Sayler at the moment about his brother’s whereabouts,” the information launch mentioned. “Sayler claimed his brother moved from his house after the 2 had an argument. That was the final reported sighting of Jarvis Sayler.”
Subsequently, Chris Sayler obtained a Washington State identification card for Jarvis Sayler utilizing his personal photograph, prosecutors mentioned. When facial recognition software program flagged the change, Chris Sayler claimed the brothers had been twins — though their beginning dates had been 4 years aside. Later investigation confirmed the 2 males weren’t biologically associated, prosecutors mentioned.
“Talking with members of the family in September 2019, Sayler claimed he had not seen his brother in additional than 15 years,” the information launch mentioned. “When interviewed by legislation enforcement on the time of his arrest in October 2019, Sayler claimed he had final seen his brother in 2016 and earlier than that in 2012.”
Prosecutors mentioned Jarvis Sayler’s Social Security advantages started going to an account in Vancouver in 1998, presumably earlier. When Chris Sayler moved to Olalla in Kitsap County, they mentioned, the account adopted him there. Information present debit card purchases from the account at shops similar to Costco and Fred Meyer.
The fraud was “not an remoted incident of dishonesty or a quick lapse in judgment throughout a troublesome interval,” wrote assistant U.S. Legal professional Benjamin Diggs in a sentencing memo, “however quite a separate choice to steal, month after month, for almost 30 years.”
Chris Sayler was arrested Oct. 1, 2019, after an investigation by the Social Security Administration’s inspector common.
“I am sorry that I brought about all this downside,” Sayler mentioned on the listening to Sept. 16. “I should not have achieved it.”