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Massachusetts Woman Sentenced for Disability Benefit Theft

Posted on Mar 23, 2012

March 8, 2012 brought a federal prison sentence for a Hyannis woman convicted of stealing from the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability program. 

Sylvia Taylor, 51, was sentenced to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release following the prison term. In addition, she will pay restitution for the theft of government property.

United States District Judge Joseph L. Tauro handed down Taylor’s sentence after hearing the case. She pleaded guilty in October 2011 to three counts of theft totaling $74,643 in undeserved disability benefits. 

According to the facts of the case, prosecuted by United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit, Taylor had relationships with two men between the years of 1992 and 2010. Both men were receiving Social Security disability payments. Three children were born as a result of these relationships. Taylor managed to successfully prove SSA eligibility for the three children, who all received disability benefits monthly.

Taylor was determined to be the children’s representative payee and received the monthly checks. However, very soon after the benefits began to arrive, the children all went to live with others. Rather than report the change, Taylor continued to collect the monthly benefits even though she no longer qualified as representative payee. 

The Massachusetts disability lawyers at Keefe Disability Law applaud the efforts of all who made the verdict possible. If you or a loved one needs help with a legitimate SSA disability claim, call our office toll free today at 888-904-6847. We can help.

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