KS Woman Guilty of SSA Disability Benefits FraudInsurance Fraud — By Trace America on May 1, 2012 at 3:33 PM
When applying for a federal or state job, one would think that you would need a background check; and one would also assume that the check would show your Social Security disability payments, but apparently that is not the case, at least for one Kansas woman who slipped under the radar.
According to wibw.com, Tya Dejuan Tiller, 37, was illegally collecting disability benefits from 2005 to 2009 while also working a couple different federal and state jobs. She recently pleaded guilty to one count of Social Security fraud and one count of theft of public funds.
In her plea, Tiller admitted that the scam started back in September of 2003 when she applied for and started receiving Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits based on a claim that she was disabled. She continued to receive those benefits while she worked for the Veterans Administration as a contract representative for VA beneficiaries from 2005 to 2007. Then, later on in 2007, she started work as a human services specialist for the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, and stayed there until 2009.
She did not report to the Social Security Administration that she was working, which she was required to do under the rules of the program.
Tiller also admitted that while working as a caseworker for the Kansas Dept. of Social and Rehabilitation Services, she put false information in the records of at least four individuals who were no longer eligible for food stamp benefits in order to convert to her own use $11,234.
Tiller’s sentencing is set for July 30th, where she faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the Social Security count and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of theft of public funds. The government is expected to ask that she pay $108,350 in restitution to the Social Security Administration and the Kansas Dept. of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
This post is authored by Trace America.