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PLAINVILLE WOMAN GUILTY OF THEFT OF PUBLIC MONEY AND MISREPRESENTATION OF SOCIAL SECURITY ACCOUNT NUMBER

MAY 11, 2010

Boston, Mass. - A Plainville woman was convicted today in federal court in connection with theft of social security disability benefits and misrepresentation of a social security account number.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, John Grasso, Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General - Boston Field Division and Diane Hill-DeChellis, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Office of Housing and Urban Development - Office of Inspector General announced that ROSA IVETTE COLON, a/k/a ROSAIVETTE BAEZ COLON, a/k/a ROSITA COLON, AND a/k/a ROSITA BAEZ-COLON, 40, of Plainville, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge William G. Young, to a two-count Indictment charging her with theft of public money and misrepresentation of a social security account number.

At the plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that, had the case proceeded to trial, the evidence would have proven that between September 1996 through on or about November 2007, COLON used her true social security number to collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits while working under false names, false dates of birth and false social security numbers, in an effort to conceal her annual earnings from the U.S. Social Security Administration. Additionally, on or about June 3, 2005, while collecting SSDI benefits, COLON used a false name, false date of birth, and false social security number to receive state housing subsidy benefits under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Section 40B Affordable Housing Program to which she was not entitled. By so doing, this allowed COLON to receive a larger amount of housing subsidy benefits than if she had used her own social security number.

COLON is scheduled to be sentenced on September 8, 2010. She faces a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment on count one and a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment on count two; to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

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

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