Maine Woman Pleads Guilty to Supplemental Security Income Fraud

Date: 
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine:

Bangor, Maine: Acting United States Attorney Richard W. Murphy announced that Amy Lynn Holmes, 45, of Calais, Maine, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court to stealing Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. SSI benefits are paid to people with limited income who are blind, disabled or elderly.

Court records reveal that between February 2004 and May 2016, Holmes falsely represented to the Social Security Administration (SSA) that she was living alone and not receiving help or money from any person. In fact, she was living with her husband who was providing her with financial assistance. She told investigators that she knew that she would have been ineligible for SSI if she had disclosed her husband’s income and that they were living together.

The defendant faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She will be sentenced after completion of presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The case was investigated by the SSA, Office of the Inspector General.