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SOCIAL SECURITY LAW: Woman Admits Guilt on Social Security Fraud

March 29, 2011

Detroit – Mary Alice Austin, 67, has admitted lying to continuously receive Social Security benefits of her disabled son.

Austin confessed lying about her son’s condition in filing out Social Security forms and asking other person to impersonate him. In 19 years, she managed to steal money from Social Security amounting to almost $120,000.

Austin’s lawyer, Natasha Webster, told the court that although her client has been accepting her son’s disability benefits fraudulently, she never used it to live lavishly but rather she used the money to support her grandchildren.

In her letter to the judge, one of Austin’s grandchildren said that Austin had been taking care of her since birth and if not for her, he does not know what would have happened to him and his siblings.

On Friday, Austin will just be sentenced 10 to 16 months imprisonment under an agreement after her admission.

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