Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Former Wisconsin Woman Charged with Social Security Fraud

July 18, 2016

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

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

Janet L. Strege, also known as Janet Martain, 42, a former resident of Jefferson, Wis. now living in Montana, is charged with fraudulently concealing information from the Social Security Administration which allowed her to continue receiving Social Security payments.  The indictment alleges that between May 14, 2014 and June 18, 2015, Strege intentionally concealed that she did not have custody of her children in order to continue receiving payments made by the Social Security Administration for the benefit of the children. 

The indictment also charges Strege with two counts of making a false statement to the Social Security Administration.  The indictment alleges that she made the false statements in August 2014 and June 2015, when she told a representative of the Social Security Administration that her children lived in her household, when in fact, they had been removed from her care.

If convicted, Strege faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against her are the result of an investigation by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman. 

Janet L. Strege, also known as Janet Martain, 42, a former resident of Jefferson, Wis. now living in Montana, is charged with fraudulently concealing information from the Social Security Administration which allowed her to continue receiving Social Security payments.  The indictment alleges that between May 14, 2014 and June 18, 2015, Strege intentionally concealed that she did not have custody of her children in order to continue receiving payments made by the Social Security Administration for the benefit of the children. 

The indictment also charges Strege with two counts of making a false statement to the Social Security Administration.  The indictment alleges that she made the false statements in August 2014 and June 2015, when she told a representative of the Social Security Administration that her children lived in her household, when in fact, they had been removed from her care.

If convicted, Strege faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against her are the result of an investigation by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman. 

Looking for U.S. government information and services?
Visit USA.gov