Reduce Improper Payments and Increase Overpayment Recoveries
In three months, a south Fort Myers woman will learn her fate after admitting she cashed her deceased mother’s Social Security checks and concealed her death from authorities.
The maximum prison sentence Gail Andrews could receive is 15 years, according to court documents, along with a fine of not more than $250,000 for each of her two counts. The 62-year-old Andrews pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to cashing $73,715.70 of her mother’s Social Security checks.
A 50-year-old woman from southern Minnesota recently pleaded guilty to stealing more than $45,000 in Social Security benefits. The woman admitted that she made a false statement to SSA to determine if she was eligible to receive SSI benefits on behalf of her two disabled sons; she failed to disclose her then-husband was living with her and was earning wages.
A Florida man pled guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. The man faces a maximum sentence of not less than 2 years and not more than 22 years, and fines of up to $500,000.
A Bergen County, N.J., man who admitted to testifying falsely under oath to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New Jersey and to misusing a Social Security number that was not assigned to him was sentenced to 12 months in federal prison.
A Cottage Grove woman was ordered to serve 18 months in prison for the 26-year theft of her missing father’s retirement benefits. Martha B. McRae, 63, appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Hogan today and was also ordered to pay approximately $850,000 in restitution to the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS).
The OIG's Office of Audit reviewed a random sample of 50 survivors benefit transactions over $30,000 that SSA staff processed through the Manual Adjustment, Credit and Award Process (MADCAP) system. The sample was selected from a population of more than 1,000 MADCAP transactions SSA processed between Oct. 1, 2008 and Sept. 30, 2009.
Of the 50 sampled MADCAP transactions tested, eight (16 percent) had payment errors totaling $87,238, including: