September 12th, 2011|
The jig is up for a Birmingham, Alabama, woman who falsely applied for and collected Social Security Disability payments for nine years using her former daughter-in-law’s name and Social Security number. On Monday, September 12, she plead guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.
By the time the woman’s scheme was discovered—in March of this year—she had already received nearly $68K from the Social Security Administration.
The woman’s hearing occurred today at the Hugo L. Black U.S. Courthouse where the accused made her plea before U.S. District Court Judge Karon Bowdre. Using the information of her former daughter-in-law, the woman claimed disability beginning in March 2002 and continued receiving checks until March 2011. The indictment states that the woman’s daughter-in-law was not actually disabled and that she married the woman’s son in 2001 and divorced him in 2010.
The Birmingham News reports that the woman’s dishonesty was discovered when she applied for food stamps and a background check revealed that she was receiving’s Social Security payments.
The woman will be sentenced January 13.
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