COVINGTON, Ky. -- A federal grand jury has indicted one man and seven women from Carter, Boyd, Lawrence, Morgan and Bracken Counties with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) fraud and health care fraud.
Federal prosecutors are charging the eight with fraudulently collecting money and benefits from federal and state assistance programs, for more than a decade in some cases.
An additional man was charged only with making false statements related to alleged.
According to the indictments, the defendants fraudulently obtained the benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Medicaid by concealing and intentionally failing to disclose their true living arrangements and financial resources.
The indictments say many of the defendants told SSA agents they were divorced or separated from their spouses, when in fact they were living together and sharing living expenses.
Prosecutors say if the SSA had known the defendants’ true living arrangements and financial resources, they would have been ineligible for SSI and Medicaid benefits, or their eligibility would have been greatly reduced.
The names of the defendants have not been released. None are in federal custody at this time.
If convicted, the defendants face up to five years in prison for the SSI charge and 10 years on the health care fraud charge.
SSI is a cash assistance program designed to provide financial assistance to disabled and elderly people who have little or no income or resources.