California Woman Pleads Guilty to $247,000 Deceased Payee Fraud

Date: 
Monday, September 10, 2018
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Shonda Mayshack, 42, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty today to theft of government property, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, in April 2000, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began paying disability benefits to Mayshack’s grandmother. When the grandmother died in May 2001, Mayshack did not report it to SSA, and SSA continued to mail benefit checks to the grandmother’s address where Mayshack lived. Between May 2001 and February 2017, Mayshack stole approximately $247,933 of her grandmother’s Social Security benefits for her own use, knowing that she was not entitled to the benefits. For example, she fraudulently endorsed her grandmother’s signature on the back of benefit checks and cashed or deposited them into her own bank account. She also called SSA and posed as her grandmother to update her address so that SSA would continue sending the benefits.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General Social Security Administration. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Artuz is prosecuting the case.

Mayshack is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on November 26, 2018. Mayshack faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.