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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD



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APRIL 17, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


BROOKFIELD WOMAN INDICTED FOR

SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Brookfield, Mo., woman was indicted by a federal grand jury today for receiving $21,676 in Social Security benefits to which she was not entitled.


             Jennifer M. Lindsey, 29, of Brookfield, was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Count One of the federal indictment alleges that, from July 2003 to April 2005, Lindsey, who was receiving both Social Security Title II child’s benefits as representative payee for her minor daughter and Social Security Title II mother’s benefits, knowingly concealed and failed to disclose her relinquishment of custody of her minor daughter, with the intent to fraudulently secure payment when no payment was authorized. According to the indictment, this resulted in Lindsey receiving $21,676 in Social Security benefit payments to which she was not entitled.


             Count Two of the federal indictment alleges that, from July 2003 to April 2005, Lindsey, having received Social Security benefits as the representative for her minor daughter, converted those payments for a use other than her daughter’s benefit.


             Count Three of the federal indictment alleges that, from July 2003 to April 2005, Lindsey stole $21,676 in Social Security benefit payments to which she was not entitled.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard N. Staples. It was investigated by the Social Security Administration – Office of Inspector General.


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