SeaTac man illegally collects $466,000 in public assistance, sentenced to more than 2 years

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SEATTLE (AP) — Officials say a SeaTac man who used a fictitious brother to collect public assistance benefits for more than 20 years will spend more than two years in prison.

The Justice Department said in a news release that 49-year-old Travis Edward Fischer was sentenced Thursday to 30 months in prison and was ordered to pay more than $466,000 to multiple agencies he defrauded.

Fischer was convicted of mail fraud, theft of government funds, social security fraud, misuse of a social security number and of making false statements to the United States.

Officials say Fischer illegally collected money from the Social Security Administration, the Washington Department of Social and Health Services and the Seattle Housing Authority.

Court documents say Fischer lived in SeaTac while collecting benefits under a slightly different name in Seattle.