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New Hampshire Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Disability Fraud

June 27, 2016

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

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

CONCORD, N.H. – Tonya Dailey, 44, of Franklin, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to Social Security Fraud, announced United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice.

Dailey began receiving Social Security disability benefits in 1999.  In June 2010, Dailey returned to self-employment, earning sufficient income to render her ineligible to receive any disability benefits.  Although she reported her receipt of nominal earnings from a local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post during a review with the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2014, Dailey did not report her income from self-employment to SSA.  In May 2015, Dailey admitted to investigators that she concealed her self-employment from SSA because she knew her earnings would have disqualified her from receiving Social Security disability benefits.  As a result of her concealment, Dailey received $30,230 in disability benefits that she would not have received if she had properly disclosed her self-employment income.

Dailey is facing a maximum sentence of five years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 4, 2016.  She was released on conditions pending sentencing.        

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Karen Burzycki.

CONCORD, N.H. – Tonya Dailey, 44, of Franklin, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire to Social Security Fraud, announced United States Attorney Emily Gray Rice.

Dailey began receiving Social Security disability benefits in 1999.  In June 2010, Dailey returned to self-employment, earning sufficient income to render her ineligible to receive any disability benefits.  Although she reported her receipt of nominal earnings from a local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post during a review with the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2014, Dailey did not report her income from self-employment to SSA.  In May 2015, Dailey admitted to investigators that she concealed her self-employment from SSA because she knew her earnings would have disqualified her from receiving Social Security disability benefits.  As a result of her concealment, Dailey received $30,230 in disability benefits that she would not have received if she had properly disclosed her self-employment income.

Dailey is facing a maximum sentence of five years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 4, 2016.  She was released on conditions pending sentencing.        

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Karen Burzycki.

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