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State inmate pleads guilty to fraudulently obtaining $29,000 in Social Security benefits

January 18, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court in St. Paul, a 38-year-old woman pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining more than $29,000 in Social Security benefits. Dora White, who is incarcerated at the Shakopee Women’s Prison, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government funds. White, who was charged on December 27, 2012, entered her plea before United States District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle.

In her plea agreement, White admitted that from May of 2007 to January of 2011 she received $29,755.30 in Social Security benefit payments on behalf of her daughter. In August of 2005, White became the representative payee for her daughter. White also admitted that between May of 2007 and January of 2011, she completed and signed accounting reports that falsely attested that her daughter resided with her and that the funds were going to be used for her daughter’s care. In fact, in April of 2007, the daughter was placed in foster care and was not in White’s custody.

For her crime, White faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison. Judge Kyle will determine her sentence at a future hearing, not yet scheduled. This case is the result of an investigation by the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David P. Steinkamp.

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