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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 19, 2015

Aplington Woman Sentenced to Ten Months in Federal Prison for Social Security Fraud

A woman who committed Social Security Fraud for approximately eleven years was sentenced today in federal court in Cedar Rapids.

Angela Carmichael, age 49, from Aplington, Iowa, received the prison term after a July 2, 2015, guilty plea to one count of Supplemental Security Income Benefits Fraud.

In her plea agreement, Carmichael admitted that, between June 2003 and June 2014, she hid that she was living with her husband from the Social Security Administration in order to continue to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits.  Carmichael admitted she lied about not living with her husband in order continue to receive benefits to which she would not otherwise have been entitled.  During this period of time, Carmichael received over $68,000 in benefits.  At sentencing, Carmichael also admitted she fraudulently received nearly $50,000 in Medicaid and food stamp benefits from the State of Iowa at the same time.  

Carmichael was sentenced in Cedar Rapids by United States District Court Chief Judge Linda R. Reade.  Carmichael was sentenced to ten months’ imprisonment.  A special assessment of $100 was imposed and she was ordered to make $117,938.84 in restitution.  She must also serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony Morfitt and 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 October 20, 2015