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Wilmington Woman Pleads Guilty to Collecting Social Security Monies Issued to Her Deceased Mother for More Than a Decade

February 16, 2022

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of North Carolina:

WILMINGTON, N.C. – A Wilmington woman pleaded guilty yesterday to Theft of Government Property.

According to court documents, Antoinette Andrea Colbert, 49, of Wilmington, pled guilty to theft of government property in connection with the ongoing receipt and use of her deceased mother’s Social Security benefits for more than a decade. The investigation showed that the defendant’s mother passed away in 2007, but her death was never reported to the Social Security Administration by family. Then, in 2008, after her mother’s death, Social Security mailings were rerouted to the defendant’s address in Wilmington, North Carolina. Various benefit card replacements were also routed to the defendant’s address. The defendant was also identified on bank footage utilizing her deceased mother’s Social Security benefits.

Colbert pleaded guilty to a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641 and faces a maximum of up to ten years in prison when sentenced in May of this year.

Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after Chief U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II accepted the plea. The Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney William M. Gilmore is prosecuting the case.

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