A former worker on the Social Security Administration in North Carolina is accused of mendacity to get greater than $760,000 in advantages over the course of eight years.
Now she’s headed to jail.
Stephanie Chavis, a onetime operations supervisor on the administration’s Fayetteville workplaces, was sentenced Monday to 5 years and 5 months in federal jail adopted by three years of supervised launch, in keeping with the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace for the Japanese District of North Carolina.
Courtroom filings present Chavis was additionally ordered to pay $760,966 in restitution and quit her 2011 Harley Davidson.
“Ms. Chavis misused her official place and authority within the Social Security Administration to steal over $760,000 in taxpayer funds,” stated Gail S. Ennis, inspector basic for the Social Security Administration, including that the fraud was uncovered throughout a routine audit.
Public defenders representing Chavis didn’t instantly reply to McClatchy Information’ request for touch upon Wednesday.
Chavis is from Saint Pauls, North Carolina, a small city of roughly 2,100 residents in Robeson County.
The Social Security Administration is a federal company tasked with administering retirement, incapacity and survivor advantages to qualifying people. One of many applications below its purview is the Supplemental Security Revenue (SSI) program, which is designed to assist folks over 65 who’re blind or produce other disabilities with little to no revenue.
From 2010 to 2018, Chavis is accused of misdirecting almost $761,000 in SSI underpayments, which happen when people don’t obtain the total quantity of SSI advantages they’re owed.
A grand jury indicted her in October 2018 on 13 counts of wire fraud, aggravated id theft and theft of presidency property.
As an operations supervisor, prosecutors stated, Chavis had entry to the accounts and private figuring out data of Social Security beneficiaries. She additionally managed no fewer than 9 financial institution accounts belonging to herself and relations.
In line with the indictment, Chavis used her government-issued PIN to look into the accounts of at the least 62 Social Security beneficiaries and steal their private data. She then reportedly used that data to obtain unauthorized SSI underpayments.
Prosecutors stated she did so by mendacity to “unsuspecting” claims representatives, who created 93 automated one-time funds that Chavis or one other supervisor then accredited.
Courtroom filings present the quantities ranged from $8,800 to $26,400.
Chavis pleaded responsible to at least one depend of wire fraud and one depend of aggravated id theft in April 2019. She was ordered to give up to the Bureau of Prisons no before Jan. 3.