COVINGTON, KY - A Falmouth woman admitted today she instructed her son to help her conceal information from authorities so that she could fraudulently collect nearly $200,000 from federal and state assistance programs.
Regina Kay Vanlandingham, 50, pleaded guilty to Supplemental Security Income (SSI) fraud. Her son, Franklin Lee Vanlandingham, 30, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting Supplemental Security Income fraud.
Court documents say that on numerous occasions between 1999 and 2011, Regina Vanlandingham intentionally did not disclose her true living arrangement and her financial resources to Social Security Administration agents. As a result, she was able to obtain SSI and Medicaid benefits to which she was not entitled.
Vanlandingham admitted that, if she had told the agents that she was in fact living with her husband and receiving financial support, she would not have qualified for assistance from SSI and Medicaid.
According to her plea agreement, Vanlandingham instructed her son, Franklin, to provide false information to the Social Security Administration in order to continue her fraud scheme.
As a result of the fraud, Regina Vanlandingham illegally obtained $191,931.47 in SSI and Medicaid benefits.
The Vanlandinghams were indicted by a grand jury in October of this year.
The Social Security’s SSI program provides financial support to disabled people with limited or no income or resources. Under an agreement between Kentucky and the Social Security Administration, Kentuckians who are eligible for SSI also qualify for Medicaid coverage.
Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Guy P. Fallen, Special Agent in Charge, Social Security Administration, jointly made the announcement today.
The investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented in the case by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher L. Nasson.
Regina and Franklin Vanlandingham currently are scheduled to appear for sentencing before United States District Court Judge David L. Bunning in Covington on March 5, 2013. Each defendant faces a maximum prison sentence of five years. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of sentences.