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Four Kentuckians Arrested on Suspicion of SSA Disability Fraud


Posted on May 30, 2012

In an April 2012 release, the SSA Office of the Inspector General reported the arrests of four London, Kentucky women on SSA disability fraud charges. The arrests came as a direct result of the efforts of the newly formed Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) unit in that state. 

Attorney General Jack Conway made the announcement of the arrests following an investigation into the federal disability benefit program.

On April 13, Barbara Sands, 44, and her two daughters, Amy Partain, 24, and Melinda Partain, 21, were arrested by investigators from the Attorney General’s Office and the SSA Office of the Inspector General. Also arrested in conjunction with the case was a fourth person, Versie Partain, after the women named him a co-conspirator.

The execution of a search warrant on April 12 led to the defendants’ arrest the next day. They were charged with one count each of possession of a forged instrument, identity theft and theft of a U.S. Treasury check over $500.

The arrests were the culmination of an investigation beginning in January 2012. The Corbin, Kentucky SSA office reported suspicions at that time. The suspicions began during a disability review of Barbara Sands. 

Meanwhile, the son of Sands and Versie Partain, Eric Partain, died on March 29. The four defendants allegedly tried to cash one of the deceased’s Supplemental Security Income checks the next day. Of course, he was not entitled to receive the check after his death.

All four defendants pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in Laurel District Court. The office of Jackie Steele, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 27th Judicial Circuit, is handling the prosecution.

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