A Mingo County woman has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for fraudulently obtaining Social Security Income benefits.
According to a release from U.S Attorney Mike Stuart’s office, Elizabeth Muncy, 43, of Kermit, was additionally placed on supervised release for three years after she has completed her sentence.
Muncy was also ordered to pay restitution to the
Social Security Administration in the amount of $91,683, the release stated.
Stuart credited the work and assistance provided by the SSA/Office of Inspector General and the SSA.
“Stealing Social Security benefits is despicable – truly despicable,” Stuart said in the release. “I have no sympathy whatsoever for anyone ripping off Social Security and hard-working taxpayers by fraudulently stealing public benefits. It is truly a despicable, disgraceful act.”
Also according to the release, Muncy applied for Title XVI Social Security benefits in 1987, which are based on income and living arrangements, and which create an obligation on the recipient’s behalf to report a change in income or living arrangements.
In 2008, the release stated, Muncy indicated that she was married, but claimed she was not residing with her spouse. The release went on to point out that Muncy was residing with her spouse with whom she had been married and living since 2006.
The release further stated that the couple’s combined income would have lowered the amount of money she was receiving every month from the SSA.
From October 2006 through October 17, 2017, the release continued, Muncy received $91,683 in Social Security benefits which was in excess of the amount she was due.
On April 18, 2018, Muncy gave a detailed statement to federal investigators with the Office of Inspector General admitting that she was living with her spouse the entire time and knew that she was receiving money that she was not entitled to receive, the release said.
United States District Judge Irene C. Berger imposed the sentence, with Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes having prosecuted the case.