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Grifting granny: Elderly Bronx lady bilked government out of $650K, blew it at the casino: officials

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I believe there is a minimum amount you receive even if you don't have any work credits. Plus she could have possibly filed for welfare under those fake SSNs, right? Not sure.

Kurt
No, my husband didn’t have enough credits and received no social security. Don’t know about welfare
 

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Be warned that you could do 5 years probation if you try to defraud the SS system of $650K

She didn't tell them about her Cayman's account and the same old story, I lost it at the casino, or if she were younger, I put it up my nose. Of course I don't know my dealer's real name

This sentencing should stand as a warning to those who are thinking of defrauding the Social Security Administration to receive benefits – we will hold you accountable,” Sharon MacDermott, head of the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General in New York, said in a statement.
 
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Who would have planned for biometric identification in 1960? (At age 15? Not even a Science Fiction fan. . . )

I saw that loophole when my class applied for Social Security numbers in 1969. I thought about it, but in the end I didn't do it. My goal would have been not to bilk Social Security, but to have a "getaway" id, should I even need it. Age 65 was a loooong ways away for a 13 year old. . .

The granny still could have gotten away with it, had she kept the id's in different, nearby states. On across the river in New Jersey, one in Connecticut,ect.
My only problem with this individual, she started planning this crime when she was a minor.

She was under the age of eighteen (18) years old,
 

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My only problem with this individual, she started planning this crime when she was a minor.

She was under the age of eighteen (18) years old,
I was 15 in 1960 also. I was clueless about SS. I guess I lived in a bubble. That's the problem with government entitlements, handouts or whatever you want to call them. They are all subject to fraud. This is a prime example
 

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Maybe it's a generational family MOA thing. People learn what they live.

I never thought about SS at all in younger days. Don't have a criminal mind either.

My only problem with this individual, she started planning this crime when she was a minor.

She was under the age of eighteen (18) years old,
 

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My only problem with this individual, she started planning this crime when she was a minor.

She was under the age of eighteen (18) years old,
I don't think we can say with certainty she was planning SS fraud when she was young. Maybe her parents or someone told her to get multiple identities as a protection against the "big, bad government"? Maybe she initially just got the extra SS cards because she could and thought it would be fun to have? The point is, we don't know. What we do know is that she started the SS fraud in 1994, but we don't know she was planning it from the 1960's.

As for those of you who are demanding that she rot in jail for the rest of her life, what good would that do? The article said she is on the hook for restitution -- in which scenario would that be more likely: her rotting in jail, costing the taxpayers tens of thousands each year of her incarceration or her being on probation and the chance of getting some of that money back? I know, probably bloody unlikely in either case, but I don't think using tax dollars to lock up her up for this non-violent crime is worth it.

Kurt
 
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