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Colorado Woman Sentenced to Prison for Social Security Fraud, Government Theft

November 10, 2014

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado:

DENVER – Paula King (aka Paula Pfeiffer), 69, of Thornton, Colorado, was sentenced on Nov. 4, 2014 by U.S. District Court Judge Philip A. Brimmer to serve 9 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years on supervised release for defrauding the United States of over $130,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General and the Railroad Retirement Board Office of Inspector General announced. King was ordered to pay a total of $131,443 in restitution ($89,205 to the Social Security Administration and $42,238 to the Railroad Retirement Board), and to report to a Bureau of Prisons facility within 15 days of designation.

According to the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement, beginning in 1994, King obtained Supplemental Security Income benefits to which she was not entitled, and continued to receive them for 17 years. She also obtained widow’s benefits from the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board to which she was not entitled. In order to obtain these benefits, King failed to disclose to the agencies that she had remarried and certified that she had not been remarried, knowing that her remarriage would make her ineligible for the benefits. She used two sets of names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers to conceal her fraud.

The investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General and the Railroad Retirement Board Office of the Inspector General.

DENVER – Paula King (aka Paula Pfeiffer), 69, of Thornton, Colorado, was sentenced on Nov. 4, 2014 by U.S. District Court Judge Philip A. Brimmer to serve 9 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years on supervised release for defrauding the United States of over $130,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General and the Railroad Retirement Board Office of Inspector General announced. King was ordered to pay a total of $131,443 in restitution ($89,205 to the Social Security Administration and $42,238 to the Railroad Retirement Board), and to report to a Bureau of Prisons facility within 15 days of designation.

According to the stipulated facts contained in the plea agreement, beginning in 1994, King obtained Supplemental Security Income benefits to which she was not entitled, and continued to receive them for 17 years. She also obtained widow’s benefits from the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board to which she was not entitled. In order to obtain these benefits, King failed to disclose to the agencies that she had remarried and certified that she had not been remarried, knowing that her remarriage would make her ineligible for the benefits. She used two sets of names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers to conceal her fraud.

The investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General and the Railroad Retirement Board Office of the Inspector General.

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