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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 17, 2016

Glenmont Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Tammy A. Grumme, age 41, of Glenmont, New York, pled guilty today to stealing nearly $80,000 from the Social Security Administration (SSA), including $40,629 in benefits intended for her son.

 

The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and John F. Grasso, Special Agent in Charge of the SSA Office of the Inspector General, New York Field Office.

 

As part of her plea, Grumme admitted that in 2011, 2012, and 2013, she submitted forms to the SSA claiming that she cared for her son and that her son resided with her when her son was no longer in her custody and did not live with her.  Grumme also admitted that she reported that her son resided with her because she knew she would not be entitled to benefits if he resided elsewhere.  As a result of her misrepresentations, she received $37,629 in benefits she was not entitled to receive and an additional $40,629 in benefits that should have been paid to her son.

 

Grumme faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 3 years when she is sentenced on February 14, 2017 by Senior United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin, Jr.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

 

This case is being investigated by the SSA Office of the Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason W. White.

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Updated October 18, 2016