Some parents don’t have a problem becoming empty nesters, as long as they can use their disabled kid’s benefits to keep fluffing up the nest. (Yes, it’s an ugly one today, ducklings.) The U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts issued a press release about a Boston-area woman who squirreled away more than $60,000 in Social Security benefits intended for her disabled son.
A minor or someone who is disabled usually needs a representative
payee to apply for and manage disability benefits administered through
Supplemental Security Income. The mother hen in this case, who was
responsible for her son’s care while he was living with her, signed an
acknowledgement that she needed to notify the Social Security
Administration if there were any changes to her son’s living
arrangements. (Guess what didn’t happen.) Even though her son
no longer lived with her starting in August 2007, she falsely stated on
forms for the next seven years that he did, and she continued to collect
his benefits. (Where is Willy Wonka’s ‘Eggdicator’ when we need it?)
She pleaded guilty and received a sentence of four months in prison
plus one year of supervised release, including six months of home
confinement. (Dare we say chickens coming home to roost?) In addition, she must pay $63,798 in restitution to the Social Security Administration.