Molly Jo Stevenson Pleads Guilty in U.S. Federal Cour
The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on February 14, 2012, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, MOLLY JO STEVENSON, a 35-year-old resident of Oswego, pled guilty to theft of federal property by fraud. Sentencing has been set for June 4, 2012. She is currently released on special conditions.
In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl E. Rostad, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On October 24, 2007, STEVENSON applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) on behalf of her minor child even though the child was not in her custody or residing with her. She also applied to serve as the child's representative payee. She agreed to use all of the SSI funds received for the care and benefit of the minor child.
Between December 13, 2007, and February 27, 2009, STEVENSON received and cashed SSI checks which she was not entitled to receive because they were fraudulently obtained and none of the funds were used for the child's care. STEVENSON obtained $5,219 to which she was not otherwise entitled to receive as a representative payee.
When interviewed, STEVENSON admitted that she was aware of and understood her reporting requirements as representative payee for her child's SSI payments. She admitted that the child was not in her care and custody when she applied and for only brief periods thereafter.
STEVENSON faces possible penalties of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release.
The investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General.