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Pennsylvania Man Convicted on Charge of Stealing $38,000 in Benefits from SSA

Thursday, October 27, 2011
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Steven Prejean, 56, of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, was convicted yesterday of stealing approximately $38,000 in benefits from the Social Security Administration. After a two-day trial in Harrisburg before United States Senior District Judge Sylvia H. Rambo, a Middle District of Pennsylvania jury took little more than an hour to find Prejean guilty on the single charge.
Thu, 10/27/2011

Florida Woman Pleads Guilty to Cashing Dead Mother's Social Security Checks

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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.

Tue, 11/01/2011

Minnesota Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing $45,000 in Social Security Benefits

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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.

Tue, 10/25/2011

Florida Man Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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.

Wed, 10/26/2011

New Jersey Man Sentenced to Prison for Bankruptcy Fraud and Social Security Fraud

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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.

Wed, 10/19/2011

Oregon Woman Sentenced to 18 Months Prison for Theft of Father's Retirement Benefits

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

 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).

Tue, 10/18/2011

Accuracy of Title II Survivors Benefit Transactions Greater Than $30,000 Processed Through the Manual Adjustment, Credit and Award Process System

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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:

Tue, 10/11/2011