Lawrence County man charged with $62,000 disability fraud

Lavern Cecil Brandt
Lavern Cecil Brandt, in a 2002 photo

ASHLAND, Ky. — A Lawrence County man faces up to 10 years in prison, for allegedly drawing disability benefits, despite continuing to work as a truck driver.

Lavern Cecil Brandt, 55, of Lowmansville, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Ashland on charges of theft of government funds, Social Security fraud and making false statements. He is accused of drawing benefits to which he was not entitled between February of 2014 and November of 2018.

In addition to any sentence he might receive, prosecutors are also seeking to force him to repay the nearly $62,000 in benefits he received, if he is found guilty.

Brandt is scheduled to appear in Ashland federal court later this month.