Social Security worker arrested for accepting bribes

Fifty-year-old Florida resident and Social Security Administration claims representative Maria Sanchez was sentenced to four months in prison followed by four months of house arrest on Wednesday, November 25 by United States District Judge William Dimitrouleas for allegedly accepting bribes from select Social Security benefit applicants to speed up their application process.

Earlier this year, Sanchez confessed that she took between $13,000 and $15,000 in illegal payments during the years 2008 to 2011 in exchange for illegally moving the applicants who paid her to the top of the application process list.

Investigators said Sanchez usually received a green folder that contained five to six Social Security benefit applications and a separate white envelope that contained $500 in $100 bills, and that this folder was dropped off at her office or handed overĀ in a Hollywood parking lot.

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