Colorado Woman Pleads Guilty to Fraudulently Receiving Social Security Benefits

Friday, November 18, 2011
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 A Salida woman pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Wednesday and agreed to repay $80,034 of Social Security benefits she obtained fraudulently. Kaveen Rose, 44, pleaded guilty to concealing and failing to disclose events affecting her right to receive benefits for herself and her daughter. Judge Philip Brimmer set sentencing for Feb. 12 in Denver. A court document signed by Rose, her attorney and a prosecutor states that sentencing guidelines recommend a sentence of between 10 and 16 months in prison. The document outlined government evidence and says Rose's conduct relevant to the crime began in September 2006 when she applied for disability benefits. She stated in an application she was unable to work because of a disabling condition. The application was denied and she appealed. Government evidence was that Rose, during a hearing in 2008 on her appeal, falsely testified under oath that she hadn't worked since April 2006. Social Security began making payments to her and her daughter, based on Rose's false testimony. An investigation later showed Rose had been working and earning income from July 2006 through February 2010, making her ineligible to receive the benefits.