Schenectady Woman Charged with Supplemental Security Income Fraud
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jenelle L. Plumadore, age 39, of Schenectady, New York, was arraigned last week on an indictment charging her with concealing her assets and resources, and making false statements, in connection with obtaining Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for her and a relative.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and John F. Grasso, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration (SSA), Office of the Inspector General, New York Field Office.
The indictment alleges that Plumadore failed to disclose her assets and resources to the SSA from March through September 2016, and that as a result she and a relative in her care were able to receive SSI benefit payments to which they were not entitled. SSI is a needs-based program, available to elderly, blind, and disabled individuals, that provides money to pay for living expenses. The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Plumadore was arraigned on October 14 in Albany before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel, and ordered released pending trial.
The charges against Plumadore carry a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of up to 3 years. 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 Adrian S. LaRochelle.