It’s possible that Linda Expose, a woman from Stanislaus County, Calif., can see the irony in her last name and the fact that she was recently exposed for committing Social Security fraud. Most people would find that kind of funny, as well as ironic, but I doubt she’ll be laughing when the judge sentences her for her crime.
The Stanislaus County woman received $190,000 in Social Security payments over 19 years while also working for a children’s hospital. The 56-year-old collected the government benefits from 1991 through 2010 through her own Social Security number (SSN) but used her sister’s to collect wages at the children’s hospital. (I bet Sis was really mad when she found out.) As you might guess, Ms. Expose was ineligible to receive a significant portion of the Social Security benefits.
Expose repeatedly lied to the Social Security Administration (SSA) so she could continue to receive the unwarranted Social Security benefits. She claimed she had never used anyone else’s SSN other than her own. (Perhaps it was just a little white lie. She also filed SSA benefits applications under her sister’s SSN to maximize the amount of money she could collect.)
Expose eventually pleaded guilty to one account of aggravated identity theft in the Social Security fraud scheme that stole $190,000 from other honest taxpayers who deserved those benefits. When sentenced for her selfish crime, she could get two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Today’s Fraud of the Day comes from an article, “Stanislaus woman hid 19 years of employment while receiving Social Security payments,” published by The Modesto Bee on January 23, 2020.
A Salida woman faces federal prison time for fraud after receiving Social Security payments while she was working at a children’s hospital for 19 years.
Linda Expose, 56, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of aggravated identity theft, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento.