Hudson woman pleads guilty to crimes related to Social Security disability benefits | USAO-NH

CONCORD – Jane B. Smith, 65, of Hudson, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to attempted wire fraud and misrepresentation, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Smith began receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments in 1993. She was required to report any changes in her employment and income to Social Security. Security Administration (SSA). However, between 2007 and 2018, Smith worked for several employers, including the IRS, and failed to report his employment to the SSA. The SSA learned of Smith’s employment and suspended his benefits several times during this period. Each time, Smith took steps to have SSA pay her SSDI benefits to which she was not entitled.

In February 2018, Smith filed a false police report with the Nashua Police Department claiming that she had been the victim of identity theft and that someone else had used her name to work for her. employers. She also made similar false statements to the IRS and SSA in an attempt to obtain benefits to which she was not entitled. In February 2021, Smith admitted to federal agents that she lied about her job and falsely claimed to have been the victim of identity theft because she did not want to lose her benefits. As a result of her criminal conduct, Smith obtained over $ 90,000 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

Smith is expected to be sentenced on January 13, 2022.

“While Social Security disability benefits provide significant financial support to skilled individuals, some criminals seek to take advantage of this system,” Acting US Attorney Farley said. “By lying about her job and falsely claiming to be a victim of identity theft, this defendant sought to exploit this program to obtain money that she knew she was not entitled to receive. As this case shows, we are working closely with the Office of the Inspector General to identify fraud and protect the integrity of Social Security benefit programs.

This matter was investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration and the US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. The case is being pursued by Special Assistant US Attorney Alexander S. Chen and Assistant US Prosecutor Matthew T. Hunter.

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