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Woman Sentenced to Jail for Committing Social Security Fraud

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A federal judge sentenced an Amarillo woman Wednesday to nearly two years in prison and ordered her to pay more than $90,000 in restitution for Social Security fraud.

Katherine Faye Washington, 56, continued to receive Social Security Widow’s Benefits while concealing that she had remarried after her first husband’s death, the plea agreement said.

U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson sentenced Washington to 21 months in prison and ordered her to pay $90,482.60 in restitution, court records show.

Date: 
Wed, 01/25/2012

Four Pennsylvanian Men Charged in Tax-Fraud Scheme

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment today charging four Philadelphia men in a fraud scheme that misused Social Security numbers to prepare and file false tax returns.

The superseding indictment charged Jonathan Brownlee, 27, with additional counts and added three co-defendants. (Brownlee was intially charged last February with filing false claims on tax returns.)

Date: 
Wed, 01/25/2012

Caregiver for Founding Member of Monsour Medical Center Charged with Committing Social Security Fraud

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

A caregiver for one of four founding brothers of the now-defunct Monsour Medical Center was arraigned on Wednesday on charges she diverted $340,000 from the 95-year-old doctor's accounts into her personal accounts.

Maureen A. Becker, 58, of 521 Mountain View Road, Fairfield, was charged with theft and receiving stolen property in connection with funds that disappeared from the accounts of Dr. Robert Monsour between January 2008 and March 2011.

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Thu, 01/26/2012

Hearing on Combating Disability Waste, Fraud, and Abuse

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Good morning, Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Becerra, and members of the Subcommittee. It is a pleasure to appear before you, and I thank you for the invitation to testify today. I have appeared before Congress many times to discuss issues critical to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the services the Agency provides to American citizens. Today, we are discussing SSA’s Disability Insurance (DI) program, focusing on efforts to secure the program’s future and safeguard it from fraud, waste, and abuse.

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Tue, 01/24/2012

Woman Charged with Stealing Deceased Aunt's Social Security Checks for a Second Time

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A Hawkins County woman allegedly has recorded a rare and duplicative double in the armchair avocation of post-mortem Social Security fraud, a federal prosecutor said this morning.

In 2004, Judy L. Dinsmore, 58, was convicted of stealing Social Security benefits for collecting 22 years worth of checks sent to her aunt, Stella Roberts, who died in 1982.

Dinsmore, 58, and her then-mother-in-law, Mary Lou Dinsmore, kept Roberts alive — on paper — long enough to amass $75,000 in payments intended for the dead woman.

Date: 
Wed, 01/18/2012

Fraud Charges Continue to Pile Up for Texas Woman

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Woman’s fraud charges pile up
IRS, FBI working on case against Denton resident
12:48 AM CST on Saturday, January 14, 2012
By Donna Fielder / Staff Writer

Federal agents arrested a Denton woman Friday morning on charges ranging from filing false income tax returns and aggravated identity theft to misuse of a Social Security number and wire fraud based on mortgage fraud. She was taken to Plano, where she will remain in jail pending a detention hearing Tuesday.

Date: 
Sat, 01/14/2012

New Jersey Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Social Security Disability Benefits

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

John Bethea, 55, of Trenton, N.J., admitted today to stealing nearly $90,000 in Social Security disability benefits and using his brother’s Social Security number to obtain employment and worker’s compensation, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Bethea pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano in Trenton federal court to an Information charging him with theft of government funds and misrepresentation of a Social Security number.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Date: 
Tue, 01/17/2012

Michigan Man Fools Government into Paying Him Disability

Date: 
Saturday, January 14, 2012

The federal government says it mistakenly paid $54,000 to a Washtenaw County man who repeatedly claimed that he didn't get his disability check.

David Lundy has been charged with stealing public money. A criminal complaint says he rightly received $18,000 in 2008 but then went back to the Social Security Administration three more times to insist that he never got the cash.

Date: 
Sat, 01/14/2012

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