EAST HARTFORD WOMAN ADMITS STEALING MORE THAN $180,000 IN SOCIAL SECURITY PAYMENTS MADE TO DECEASED PARENTS
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that BOZENA GRABALA, 53, of East Hartford, waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Mark R. Kravitz in New Haven to one count of theft of government property stemming from her illegal receipt of more than $180,000 in Social Security benefit payments that were made to her deceased parents.
According to court documents and statements made in court, GRABALA’s mother began receiving monthly Social Security Retirement Insurance Benefit (“SSRIB”) payments in 1984. In July 2000, GRABALA’s mother died. GRABALA’s father began receiving monthly SSRIB payments in 1983. On November 1, 2006, GRABALA’s father died. From November 2006 to August 2011, GRABALA continued to receive, and use, monthly SSRIB payments intended for her mother and father in the total amount of $186,608.
Judge Kravitz has scheduled sentencing for May 10, 2012, at which time GRABALA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to approximately $390,000. GRABALA also will be ordered to pay full restitution to the government.
In addition, the $97,533 in SSRIB overpayments made by the Social Security Administration from the time of GRABALA’s mother’s death in July 2000 to the time of her father’s death in November 2006 will be the subject of a separate and unrelated Social Security Administration administrative proceeding.
This matter has been investigated by the United States Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Felice Duffy.
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