North Adams Woman Sentenced for Social Security Fraud
BOSTON – Nancy Killackey, 57, of North Adams, Mass., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay restitution of $72,635 to the Social Security Administration (SSA).
From Jan. 1, 2002 through Oct. 1, 2013, Killackey received $72,635 in fraudulently obtained Social Security disability benefits. Killackey was not entitled to receive these benefits because she was married to a man who earned substantial wages, which was information that she intentionally concealed in order to continue receiving the benefits. Specifically, on July 21, 2011, Killackey told federal agents that the man was her personal care attendant and not her spouse. When the agents asked Killackey why the man would have told the SSA that they were married, she described him as “a big, fat liar” and “an idiot off his medication.” When asked about their wedding date, Killackey said that this was the day the man had a heart attack, not the day of their wedding.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.