Woman illegally receives SSDI benefits for 15 years

July 11, 2012

A 69-year-old woman of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was sentenced yesterday by a United States district judge to three years’ probation for her illegal receipt of more than $93,000 in Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits, reports The Bridgeport News.

When the Social Security Administration determined that she was disabled and unable to work in 1993, the woman began to receive Social Security Disability Income benefits.

In 1994, the woman went back to work, using another name, but still she collected the disability income benefits even though she was no longer eligible for them.

She received a total of $93,358 in government benefits for fifteen years between 1993 and 2009 that she wasn’t entitled to.

The woman pled guilty to one count of theft of government property on April 26, and she has been ordered to make a full restitution to the government.

So far, the Social Security Administration has recovered approximately $51,000 from her.

The judge has scheduled her sentencing for July 16, at which time the woman faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

This matter has been investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by the Assistant United States Attorney.

If you or someone you know needs help with Supplemental Security Income, contact the disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin.

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