Georgia Woman Sentenced to Over a Year in Prison and Ordered to Pay $459K in Full Restitution for Stealing NYS Pension and Social Security Payments

In a shocking turn of events, 50-year-old Sandra Smith from Georgia has been sentenced to over a year in federal prison and ordered to pay full restitution for a crime that involved the theft of $459,050 in New York state pension and federal Social Security payments from her deceased mother-in-law's bank account. This revelation was made by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Ryan K. Buchanan, and Inspector General for the Social Security Administration Gail S. Ennis.

The Callous Exploitation

Sandra Smith's heartless actions involved exploiting her deceased mother-in-law's identity to defraud both New York's retirement system and the Social Security Administration. State Comptroller DiNapoli expressed his disdain, stating, “The defendant callously exploited her mother-in-law’s death in an effort to defraud New York’s retirement system and the Social Security Administration.”

Legal Consequences

Acknowledging the severity of the crimes committed, U.S. Attorney Buchanan emphasized the commonality of theft from government benefits programs, particularly after the death of.......