Idaho Woman Sentenced for Social Security Fraud
BOISE – April Mae Beckmon, 38, of Marsing, Idaho, was sentenced today in United States District Court to 6 months in prison followed by 3 years supervised release for social security fraud, Acting U.S. Attorney Rafael Gonzalez announced. Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge also ordered Beckmon to pay $22,272.45 in restitution to the Social Security Administration. Beckmon pleaded guilty to the charge on February 22, 2017.
According to the plea agreement, Beckmon received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) from at least October 2010 through May 2015. Beckmon knew that she needed to report her October 2010 marriage and her spouse’s income to the SSA, but she did not. She chose not to report her marriage or her spouse’s income because she did not want it to impact her SSI benefits. Due to her marriage and her spouse’s unreported income, Beckmon received an overpayment in SSI benefits. From approximately January 2012 through May 2015, Beckmon fraudulently received $22,272.45 in SSI benefits that she was not entitled to.
The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.