BOSTON - A Rehoboth woman has been ordered to pay back nearly $30,000 and a fine to the U.S. Government after fraudulently collecting Social Security benefits.

44-year-old Joanna Boyer pleaded guilty to one count of social security fraud, two counts of making false statements and one count of theft of public money last November, and was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to two years of probation, with the first nine months to be served in home detention, restitution of $29,927, and a fine of $5,000.

From 2010 to 2015, Boyer collected Supplemental Security Income benefits, while concealing the fact that in addition to her Rehoboth home, she also owned a condominium in Fall River. Boyer denied owning real estate other than her Rehoboth home when asked on two separate occasions by Social Security personnel. As a result, she collected almost $30,000 she was ineligible to receive.

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