Jacqueline L. Burrell, 45, of Cahokia, was sentenced today in the U.S. District Court in East St. Louis for concealing a material fact from the Social Security Administration (SSA), the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced. Burrell received a sentence of 10 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. The court also ordered Burrell to pay $53,992 restitution to SSA and a special assessment of $100.
At her guilty plea on October 3, 2012, Burrell admitted that she fraudulently applied for and received assistance for her children in her custody in the form of Supplemental Security Income Benefits payments. During these times, however, she did not actually have custody of the children, who were with their father in California. Burrell, while acting as Representative Payee for her minor children, failed to disclose and concealed the fact that the children no longer resided with her in order to receive payments intended to benefit the children.
The investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Liam Coonan.
If you suspect or know of an individual or company that is committing fraud against any Social Security Administration (SSA), you may report this to the SSA Office of Inspector General by calling 800.269.0271.