Because children lack the capacity to make complex decisions, they have to rely upon their parents to do things on their behalf. (For example, parents have to make decisions regarding their medical care, finances, nutrition, living arrangements and education to name a few.)Idaho State Journal details that the mother claimed to be the representative payee for her three children who received Supplemental Security Income benefits. (These benefits are intended to act as stipends for qualified low income recipients.) The woman agreed to spend the benefits on her children and to save any money left over for their benefit.
Over approximately six months, the mother received nearly $13,000 in benefits. The article states that she spent the money on herself instead of her children. (Incidentally, her children had been removed from her care and were in the custody of the State of Idaho.)
The 45-year-old woman pleaded guilty to Social Security Fraud and awaits sentencing. According to the article, this type of fraud could result in a sentence of up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $100,000, a maximum of one year of supervised release and up to five years of probation.
This woman was supposed to care for her children with the government benefits, not line her pockets with the money. Fortunately, the government stepped in on behalf of her children to protect them from their mother’s crimes.
Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, ”Chubbuck woman pleads guilty to social security fraud,” published by the Idaho State Journal on August 4, 2016.
Jeanna Jimenez, 45, of Chubbuck, Idaho, pleaded guilty yesterday to social security fraud, U.S.
Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Jimenez was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boise on August 11, 2015.
According to the plea agreement, Jimenez was the representative payee for three of her children’s Supplement Security Income benefits. As such, she agreed to spend the benefits on the beneficiaries, her children, and conserve any unused funds on their behalf. From in and about November 2013 and continuing through in and about April 2014, the three children were removed from the defendant’s care and remained in the custody of the State of Idaho. During that time, Jimenez received a total of $12,912 in benefits that she spent.