2 enter guilty pleas on Social Security fraud cases
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Two Columbia residents issued guilty pleas in federal court on charges that they defrauded the Social Security Administration.
Carolyn M. Taylor, 68, and Hussain Omar, 55, could both face fines of $250,000 and/or up to 10 years in prison.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Taylor was still collecting her mother's Social Security check even though her mother had been dead since 1998. An investigation found she had never alerted the SSA to her mother's death and collected over $99,000 in benefits in the process.
As for Omar, investigators said he was receiving disability benefits for one of his sons even though the son had been out of the country for over four years between March 2009 and April 2013. Omar was required to tell SSA officials that his son was going to leave the U.S. for more than 30 days.
Investigators also say Omar lied to them when he was asked if his son was out of the country. Omar's actions resulted in an overpayment of over $25,000.
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