Weston Woman Sentenced For Social Security Fraud
MADISON, WIS. --John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Susan Schepp, 54, of Weston, Wisconsin was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to six months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for theft of money from the Social Security Administration. Schepp pleaded guilty to this charge on February 5, 2014.
Schepp was also ordered to pay $52,451.73 in restitution. Judge Crabb ordered that Schepp be remanded into custody immediately.
The theft of the funds from Social Security was based upon Schepp's fraudulent receipt of funds for her son, who had legitimately received disability and supplemental security income benefits until 2003, but was no longer eligible for such payments after he graduated from school and began working. Schepp, however, continued to receive his payments.
While Schepp never disclosed her son’s employment status to the Social Security Administration, she told her son he was not receiving benefits any longer because he was, in fact, working. Schepp collected the unwarranted benefits for nearly five years, until her son discovered that she had collected the benefits in his name and disclosed it to Social Security investigators.
The charge against Susan Schepp was the result of an investigation conducted by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson.