Alabama Woman Indicted on Social Security Disability Fraud Charges
Posted on Nov 16, 2011
When the Social Security Administration disability program is ripped off, fraud charges are leveled. One of the most common methods of disability fraud is illegally receiving checks for people who have died.
Such is the case of Cheryl Sue Young, 59, of Birmingham, Alabama. A federal grand jury indicted Young on November 1, 2011 for stealing government property. She allegedly took more than $33,000 in monthly benefit checks over a period of time from December 2006 to February 2011.
The Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General, represented by Guy P. Fallen, investigated the case. U.S. Attorney Joyce Fallen has reported, "My office will continue to prosecute people who steal Social Security disability benefits so that those funds will be available for those who really need them."
If found guilty, Young could spend up to ten years in prison and pay a $250,000 fine.
The Massachusetts firm Keefe Disability Law urges anyone who suspects someone of disability fraud to report it to the SSA. And if you or a loved one is disabled and unable to work, please call us toll free at 888-904-6847 to apply for SSA disability benefits. We would love to guide you through the confusing process.