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CAMBRIDGE WOMAN INDICTED FOR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FRAUD AND THEFT OF PUBLIC MONEY

June 2, 2010

Boston, Mass... A 71-year-old Cambridge woman was indicted today on charges in connection with social security benefits fraud and theft of public money.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, Office of Investigations - Boston Field Office and Diane Hill-DeChellis, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Office of Inspector General announced that ANNIE L. WIGGINS, a/k/a ANNIE MAE STUDMIRE, a/k/a ESSIE LEE BRITT (WIGGINS), of Cambridge, was charged in a two-count indictment with social security benefits fraud and theft of public money.

According to the indictment, beginning in and around December 1989, and continuing through April 2009, WIGGINS continued to receive Social Security Survivor’s Benefits (“widow’s benefits”) payments when she knew she was not entitled to do so. Additionally, from in or about June 2005 through in or about August 2008, WIGGINS stole money totaling more than $1,000, in that she received Section 8 Rental Subsidy benefits funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to which she also not entitled.

If convicted, WIGGINS faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment (count one) and a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment (count two), to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

The case is being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration - Office of Investigations and the U.S. Office of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Antoinette E.M. Leoney in Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

 

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