Former Searcy Business Owner Sentenced to Prison for False Statement to Social Security Administration
LITTLE ROCK—Patrick C. Harris, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Robert G. Feldt, Special Agent-in-Charge, Social Security Administration(SSA), Office of the Inspector General, announced today that Julie Anna DeLarm, formerly known as Julianna England, 51, appeared before United States District Court Judge Billy Roy Wilson and was sentenced to 24 months in prison for making a false statement to the Social Security Administration.
Julie Anna DeLarm had been approved for Social Security Disability benefits in March 2009. Starting in 2011, she assisted in operating a bakery out of her house in Searcy. In January 2014, the bakery moved to a Searcy storefront called “Tookies.” In March 2014, a Social Security Administration employee who was familiar with DeLarm saw her working at the bakery. In May 2014, DeLarm submitted a “Continuing Disability Review Report” to the SSA that falsely stated that she had not worked since the date of her last medical decision from the SSA.
The sentence imposed yesterday will run consecutive to a sentence she is currently serving for her federal conviction out of California for wire fraud for embezzling more than $360,000 from her employer between 2000-2007. DeLarm was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $62,003. Special Agent-in-Charge Robert G. Feldt stated that “the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General, will tirelessly investigate and bring to justice those who commit fraud against Social Security programs.”
This investigation was conducted by SSA-Office of the Inspector General and the Searcy Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Jana Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.