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Dallas County Woman Sentenced To A Five Year Probationary Term And Ordered To Repay The Social Security Administration $19,356.00

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2014

The United States Attorney Kenyen Brown announces that Mildred Calhoun, a Selma, Alabama resident, was sentenced today to five (5) years’ probation after a guilty plea to theft of government funds.

Calhoun signed an application with the Social Security Administration for Title II Disability Insurance benefits. As part of the application, Calhoun signed, agreeing that she would notify the SSA if “I got to work whether as an employee or a self‑employed person".  Calhoun was approved for disability benefits effective 04/1993.

On August 15, 2012, Social Security Administration/Office of Inspector General special agents confirmed that Mildred Calhoun worked as a care taker. Among other responsibilities, Calhoun was responsible for feeding, bathing, turning over and changing her charge. Calhoun started working as a caregiver in December of 2009, and continued to do so until March 17, 2012.  Calhoun was paid $432.00 a week and failed to report this income to the Social Security Administration.

During the week of April 1, 2013, SSA/OIG special agents received an overpayment worksheet from the SSA Office of Central Operations.  The total amount overpaid to Calhoun due to her work activity is $19,356.00.  Calhoun was charged with theft of government funds and acquiesced to the crime by pleading guilty on September 24, 2013.

The Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General investigated the case and presented it to the U.S. Attorney=s Office for prosecution.  The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney, Gina S. Vann.

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