Federal Inmate Pleads Guilty To Obtaining $23,000 In Social Security Benefits Fraudulently
MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 32-year-old woman incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institute in Waseca, Minnesota, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $23,000 in Social Security benefits. Nefertiti Randall specifically pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government money or property. Randall, who was indicted on January 22, 2013, entered her plea before United States District Court Judge John R. Tunheim.
In her plea agreement, Randall admitted that from June 12, 2009, through April 2012, she stole $23,012 from the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). The funds, which were automatically deposited into a bank account accessible to both Randall and her mother, represented benefits intended solely for Randall’s mother. Her mother died in June of 2009, and in August of 2009, Randall began serving an unrelated, multi-year, identity-theft sentence at the Federal Correctional facility in Waseca. According to the indictment, Randall nonetheless continued to access her mother’s social security benefits until spring of 2012.
For her crime, Randall faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison. Judge Tunheim will determine her sentence at a future hearing, yet to be scheduled. This case is the result of an investigation by the SSA-Office of Inspector General, with cooperation from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Manda M. Sertich.