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Woman Schemes to Defraud Social Security

In Wellington, Kansas, Amy McLain was recently charged on one count of Social Security fraud, one count of theft of government funds, two counts of making false statements, and one count of wire fraud.

McLain is accused of collecting more than $92,000 in Social Security disability benefits.  She was working at the time she was receiving disability benefits after she, her husband, and her employer agreed to make her paychecks out to her husband so it would appear she was not working.  She even filed federal paperwork stating that she did not have a job.

Convictions for Social Security fraud, theft of government funds, or making a false statement can carry a sentence of up to five years in federal prison and fines as high as $250,000 for each count.  Wire fraud carries a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine as high as $250,000.