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Iowa Woman Steals $165,000 in SS Benefits

Social security fraud is an ongoing issue which the Social Security Administration and the federal government are constantly struggling to keep abreast of.  But it’s rare that fraud charges reach the levels they did in the case of elderly Iowa resident Marlene Lucille Moore, who was sentenced to half a year in prison after stealing nearly $165,000 in social security benefits.

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Elderly Iowan Steals Over $150,000 in Benefits

Glenwood is a quiet American town of some 5,000 residents, located in the southwestern corner of Iowa.  Large-scale crimes — indeed, any crimes — rarely rear their heads in this sleepy,  Midwestern locale; so it was particularly shocking when local resident Marlene Lucille Moore was recently charged with social security theft to the tune of nearly $165,000. ($164,852, to be exact.)

How did Marlene Moore manage to steal such an enormous amount of money before being detected?

She siphoned government funds which were being mistakenly directed to a deceased person via the social security disability program — and she did so without being caught for over a decade.  For 11 years, the 61-year-old Iowan accepted monthly checks written in the amount approximately $1,300 each.  The rightful beneficiary of the checks had actually passed away back in 2001, but the Social Security Administration failed to become aware of the situation until as late as 2012.

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Misappropriation of Funds for Personal Use

$165,000 is a considerable chunk of change.  What was Marlene Moore doing with all that money?

Using it for personal expenses, mostly.  Rather than applying her new-found funding to something dull and practical, Moore opted to go on a flamboyant spending spree.  On the SSA’s bill, Moore accumulated additional cars, and eventually, even procured a second home.

Finally, after 11 years, Moore’s protracted case finally caught the attention of the Social Security Administration.  The SSA’s Office of the Inspector General conducted the investigation into Moore’s fraudulent activity after the SSA became aware of the intended recipient’s death in 2001.  Later, the case was examined by U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt, and was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Ultimately, U.S. District Court Judge John Jarvey sentenced Moore to six months of incarceration after the defendant pleaded guilty to charges of theft.

However, Moore’s sentence will not be served in prison.  Instead, Moore will satisfy her six months in home confinement, commonly known as being under a state of house arrest.  When Moore’s six-month term is completed, she will then be required to be under supervision for three years following her release.

If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges related to fraud, theft, or other white collar crimes, you could be facing months of years of incarceration, extremely expensive fines, and a criminal record.  Contact the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates online to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, or call today at (609) 755-3115 in New Jersey or (215) 701-6519 in Pennsylvania.



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