Updated: May 23, 2014 6:14AM
An Oak Lawn woman is among 10 people in the Chicago area who have been charged in separate cases with stealing more than $1.27 million by receiving fraudulent Social Security benefits, according to federal prosecutors.
Betsy Minor, 63, is charged with theft of government funds for allegedly stealing over 20 years $369,188 that was to go to her mother.
Minor was a co-signatory on a bank account that received her mother’s Social Security payments and her mother died in 1993, but Minor did not report that to the Social Security Administration and continued getting the payments through July 2013, according to her indictment.
Most of the 10 who are charged cheated Social Security by using false identities, applying for benefits under multiple names or working under one name and applying for benefits under another, prosecutors said.
The other nine charged are Chicago residents.
Minor is scheduled to enter a plea to the charge on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Sun-Times Media Wire