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New Orleans Woman Sentenced for Social Security Fraud Spanning More Than Three Decades

November 03, 2022

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

NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that, on November 2, 2022, U.S. District Court Judge Lance M. Africk sentenced BETTY ARRINGTON, a/k/a “Betty Callie Arrington,” a/k/a “Betty Francis C Miller,” a/k/a “Betty Miller” (“ARRINGTON”), age 73, to three years’ probation, of which she must serve six months of home detention. ARRINGTON was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $164,270.90.

ARRINGTON had pleaded guilty to one count of Theft of Government Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641. According to court records, ARRINGTON engaged in a 35-year multifaceted scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). From 1984 through 2019, ARRINGTON intentionally used a Social Security number (“SSN”) not assigned to her by the Commissioner of the SSA in order to conceal her employment and earnings. In 1997, ARRINGTON applied for and began receiving disability payments through the SSA. ARRINGTON’s use of another person’s SSN to conceal her ongoing work, along with her false statements to the SSA attesting that she qualified for disability benefits, allowed her to fraudulently obtain benefits totaling approximately $164,270.90.

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans praised the work of the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General for its work in investigating this case. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Brandon Long.

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