Fall River Woman Pleads Guilty to Social Security Fraud
BOSTON — A Fall River woman pleaded guilty today in federal court to stealing Social Security disability benefits.
Gloria Camara, 58, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public funds and one count of making a false statement. U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani scheduled sentencing for Dec. 15, 2020.
Camara began receiving Social Security disability benefits in 1992. In November 2009, she began working as a caregiver, but she did not report her income to the Social Security Administration. Instead, during periodic eligibility reviews, including a review on April 20, 2017, Camara falsely told Social Security that her only income consisted of three months of unemployment compensation benefits in 2008, and sporadic wages from two companies between 2003 and 2011. Because she did not report her earnings as a caregiver, Camara stole approximately $84,222 in Social Security benefits from November 2009 through October 2019.
The charge of theft of public funds provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. The charge of making a false statement provides for a sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Tonya Perkins, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Burzycki of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.
— U.S. Attorney’s Office