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Vallejo Woman Sentenced To A Year In Prison For Fraudulently Collecting Almost $300,000 In Social Security Benefits Over 23 Years

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Emma Carter-Alexander, 66, of Vallejo, was sentenced today by United States District Judge John A. Mendez to one year in prison and ordered to pay $298,168.20 in restitution for converting public money to her own use, United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.


According to court documents, since the death of Carter-Alexander’s mother in 1993, Carter-Alexander has been collecting her mother’s Social Security disability benefits for her own use. To facilitate this fraud, Carter-Alexander filed yearly representative payee statements falsely indicating that she was using the funds for her mother’s well-being, even though her mother was deceased. Over the course of 23 years, Carter-Alexander converted $298,168.20 in public money to her own use. 


This case was the product of an investigation by the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Jeremy J. Kelley prosecuted the case.

Updated December 12, 2017

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 2:17-cr-146-JAM