Washington family guilty of Social Security fraud

Four members of a Washington family have pleaded guilty to defrauding the Social Security Administration as well as the state of Washington of approximately $350,000.

Their fraudulent scheme continued for 30 years. It began in 1979 when a woman claimed that her husband was mentally incompetent, and needed constant care and attention. In reality, her husband worked as a used car salesman, and collected benefits under a different name and Social Security number.

The couple said that their two children were also mentally handicapped, and needed to be watched on a daily basis. As the children got older, they began collecting fraudulent disability checks as well, by changing their names and filing under different numbers. They plead guilty to the fraud in Seattle, and will be sentenced in June.

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