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California Woman Sentenced to Year in Prison for $300,000 Deceased Payee Fraud

December 14, 2017

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Emma Carter-Alexander, 66, of Vallejo, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to one year in prison and ordered to pay $298,168.20 in restitution for converting public money to her own use, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, since the death of Carter-Alexander’s mother in 1993, Carter-Alexander has been collecting her mother’s Social Security disability benefits for her own use. To facilitate this fraud, Carter-Alexander filed yearly representative payee statements falsely indicating that she was using the funds for her mother’s well-being, even though her mother was deceased. Over the course of 23 years, Carter-Alexander converted $298,168.20 in public money to her own use. 

 

This case was the product of an investigation by the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy J. Kelley prosecuted the case.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Emma Carter-Alexander, 66, of Vallejo, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to one year in prison and ordered to pay $298,168.20 in restitution for converting public money to her own use, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.

According to court documents, since the death of Carter-Alexander’s mother in 1993, Carter-Alexander has been collecting her mother’s Social Security disability benefits for her own use. To facilitate this fraud, Carter-Alexander filed yearly representative payee statements falsely indicating that she was using the funds for her mother’s well-being, even though her mother was deceased. Over the course of 23 years, Carter-Alexander converted $298,168.20 in public money to her own use. 

 

This case was the product of an investigation by the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy J. Kelley prosecuted the case.

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