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South Dakota Woman Sentenced to 10 Months in Prison for Supplemental Security Income Fraud, Government Theft

February 28, 2019

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Belle Fourche, South Dakota, woman convicted of Theft of Government Property, Supplemental Security Income Benefits Fraud, and False Statement was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Cindy Lou Geib, age 49, was sentenced on February 20, 2019, to 10 months in federal prison, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund on each of the three felony charges.  The time in federal prison is to run concurrently on each conviction.  Geib was also ordered to pay $112,468.10 in restitution.

The conviction stems from Geib knowingly and willfully making false statements to the United States Social Security Administration and the South Dakota Department of Social Services, to obtain Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Medicaid, and Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) benefits, to steal $112,468.10 in money and benefits for herself and her children between 2011 and 2017.

This case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Cooperative Disabilities Investigation Unit, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General and the South Dakota Department of Social Services Office of Recoveries and Fraud Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.   

Geib was ordered to self-surrender to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service on March 20, 2019, to begin serving her sentence.

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Belle Fourche, South Dakota, woman convicted of Theft of Government Property, Supplemental Security Income Benefits Fraud, and False Statement was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Cindy Lou Geib, age 49, was sentenced on February 20, 2019, to 10 months in federal prison, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund on each of the three felony charges.  The time in federal prison is to run concurrently on each conviction.  Geib was also ordered to pay $112,468.10 in restitution.

The conviction stems from Geib knowingly and willfully making false statements to the United States Social Security Administration and the South Dakota Department of Social Services, to obtain Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Medicaid, and Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) benefits, to steal $112,468.10 in money and benefits for herself and her children between 2011 and 2017.

This case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Cooperative Disabilities Investigation Unit, with assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General and the South Dakota Department of Social Services Office of Recoveries and Fraud Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Patterson prosecuted the case.   

Geib was ordered to self-surrender to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service on March 20, 2019, to begin serving her sentence.

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