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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 6, 2015

Aplington Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud

A woman who committed Social Security Fraud for approximately eleven years pled guilty on July 2, 2015, in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Angela Carmichael, 49, from Aplington, Iowa, was convicted of one count of Supplemental Security Income Benefits Fraud.

In a plea agreement, Carmichael admitted that, between June 2003 and June 2014, she hid the fact from the Social Security Administration that she was living with her husband in order to continue to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits.  Carmichael admitted she lied to the Social Security Administration in order continue to receive benefits to which she would not have been entitled if the Social Security Administration knew she was living with her husband.  During this period of time, Carmichael received over $68,000 in benefits to which she was not entitled.  

Sentencing before United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade will be set after a presentence report is prepared.  Carmichael remains free on conditions of release previously set pending sentencing.  Carmichael faces a possible maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and three years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/.  The case file number is 15-CR-2010.

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Updated July 6, 2015