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Hard Time: Department of Justice Cracks Down on Social Security Fraud

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Several indictments and convictions have been announced for multiple individuals accused of crimes related to Social Security.

The McClatchy newspapers reported that a man in Alabama illegally collected Social Security meant for his late mother for fourteen years. The man pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. He was accused of improperly collecting $71,865.13. He faces up to ten years in prison.

His mother died in 2006, but he never reported it as required. He also reported changes of address multiple times in order to keep receiving the benefits.

At the end of July, a forty-nine-year-old New York woman pleaded guilty to making false statements to obtain Social Security benefits, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of New Hampshire announced.

The woman, the prosecutors said, was improperly receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Those benefits were reduced when she got married, but the woman “submitted a false statement to Social Security claiming that her spouse had moved out of her home and was no longer part of her household.” Therefore, she received $46,625.60, to which she was not entitled.

Sentencing is set for November 2.

In another case, in Texas, a twenty-eight-year-old Washington man pleaded guilty to conspiracy........

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