Social Security disability benefits scammer sentenced to 16 months probation

Thirty-six-year-old Gary, Indiana resident Lakita Lee will be serving 16 months of probation after admitting her guilt to theft of governmental property in federal court in connection with a Social Security benefits scam, records from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana showed.

Aside from being sentenced to 16 months of probation – 10 of which will be home detention – Lee was given a restitution fee of $32,608 and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Lee was a Social Security representative payee for someone named Marva Davis. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “Lee did not report to Social Security that Davis had died and continued to complete paperwork, signed under oath, stating that she was using the disability benefit funds for the benefit of Davis; instead, Lee was using the funds for her own benefit.”

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