Metro East woman pleads guilty to Social Security fraud -

Metro East woman pleads guilty to Social Security fraud

CAHOKIA, Il ( – A Cahokia woman has pled guilty to Social Security fraud Wednesday.

According to the State’s Attorney’s Office, Jacqueline Burrell, 45, pled guilty in federal district court to defrauding the government in order to collect payment for her children even though she no longer supported them.

Burrell admitted that from on or about January 1, 2003, and continuing until on or about February 29, 2008, she continued to receive supplemental security income benefits payments for her children. Burrell had been acting as the representative payee for her minor children, but she failed to disclose, and concealed, the fact the children no longer resided with her in order to continue to receive payment on their behalf.

In reality, the minor children resided with their father in California.

The United States indicates that the amount of loss to is $52,836. This charge carries a maximum possible punishment of up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, a period of supervised release of up to three years.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 25, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.

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