Three Kansas Residents Charged with Social Security Fraud

Date: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas:

 

WICHITA, KAN. – A Wellington woman was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of collecting more than $92,000 in Social Security disability benefits while she was working, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said. In addition, she was charged with misusing a credit card belonging to her church to obtain cash and buy merchandise for herself.

 

Amy D. McLain, 49, Wellington, Kan., was charged with one count of Social Security fraud, one count of theft of government funds, two counts of making false statements and one count of wire fraud.

 

Her husband, Jeffrey L. McLain, 48, Wellington, Kan., was charged with one count of Social Security fraud and one count of theft of government funds. Her employer, Scott Kreifels, 57, Wellington, Kan., was charged with one count of Social Security fraud and one count of theft of government funds.

 

The indictment alleged that Amy McClain was working for Kreifels Communications and Rural 2.4 Ghz, Inc., both owned by Kreifels, while receiving disability benefits. The three defendants agreed that Amy McLain’s paychecks would be issued in her husband’s name. While receiving benefits, Amy McLain filed federal paperwork stating that she did not have a job.

 

In addition, the indictment alleges Amy McLain used a credit card belonging to the First Baptist Church in Wellington to obtain cash and to buy merchandise including makeup, perfume, purses and meals.

 

The Social Security Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.