Woman Sent to Prison for Social Security Disability Scam

Woman Sent to Prison for Social Security Disability Scam

Thousands of deserving men and women are applying for Social Security Disability Benefits every day and hoping that the government can aid them with the expenses of living. These people deserve the benefits that will help them to get through life and aid them with everyday costs. But one woman in D.C. was far from deserving when she scammed the Social Security Administration out of $54,000 in disability benefits. According to the Washington Examiner, Celeste Davis pleaded guilty to a felony charge of making false statements to the SSA regarding benefits to which she was entitled.

Davis applied for Social Security survivors’ benefits for her daughter, claiming that her father was a member of the military. Davis told the SSA that the disability payments that she received would be given to her daughter. Yet the woman lost custody of her daughter in 2004, and failed to notify the SSA. When they asked about the child, Davis insisted that the child was still in her care. For four years. Celeste was able to keep up her lies, all the while spending the benefits money on herself. In June 2008, the SSA realized that the child was not being cared for by her mother.

At that point, Celeste had spent $54,750 of SSA money, She will now have to pay back all of the money that she spent in addition to an 8 month prison sentence. As well, Celeste will need to spend 3 years in supervised release. If you are receiving Social Security Benefits for a reason that is no longer valid, you need to notify the SSA immediately. Avoiding taking action could mean that you will end up like Celeste. If you are having SSA troubles, talk to a lawyer at our firm for help!

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