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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Council Bluffs Woman Sentenced to Prison for Social Security Fraud

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – On February 19, 2019, United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced Jamie Lynn Opalia, age 37, of Council Bluffs, to three months in prison for Social Security Representative Payee fraud, announced United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum. Opalia was ordered to serve three years of supervised release following her prison term and pay $100 to the Crime Victims’ Fund. Opalia was also ordered to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration in the amount of $22,552.00

On October 23, 2018, Opalia pleaded guilty to the charge and admitted she applied for and was granted Social Security benefits to support another person, but converted almost all of the funds from Social Security to her own personal use.

This matter was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the Social Security Administration. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
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Contact: 
Rachel J. Scherle 515-473-9300 Rachel.Scherle@usdoj.gov
Updated February 27, 2019