Eveleth Woman Indicted For Obtaining $27,851 Social Security Benefits Fraudulently
MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 33-year-old Eveleth woman made her initial appearance after being indicted for stealing more than $27,000 in Social Security benefits. On August 13, 2013, Kimberly Joann Wauzynski was charged with one count of theft of public money and one count of supplemental security income (“SSI”) benefits fraud.
The indictment alleges that from September 2008 through May 2012, Wauzynski, also known as Kimberly Joann Denne, stole approximately $27,851.08 from the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). According to the indictment, Wauzynski concealed from the SSA the true nature of her living arrangements in order to continue receiving SSI benefits on behalf of her child. Specifically, the indictment alleges that Wauzynski concealed the fact that the father of her child was living with her and her child and supporting the household. Per law, beneficiaries of SSI payments must report any change in living arrangements or sources of income.
If convicted, Wauzynski faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison on each charge. Any sentence would be determined by a federal district judge. This case is the result of an investigation by the SSA-Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John E. Kokkinen.
An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.