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D.C. woman found guilty for social security fraud

Woman pleads guilty to social security fraud.

A woman plead guilty for receiving more than $66,000 in disability benefits for her son over a period of six years.

Janet Bethea, 50, of D.C. was charged with defrauding the Social Security Administration, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. stated Monday in a news release.

Between 2002 and 2008, Bethea falsely said her son had a disability condition that prevented him from working or receiving benefits directly.

At the time, her son--who was over 18 years old--was working for a government agency. When her son moved out of the house several years later, Bethea continued to lie to the Social Security Administration. She collected $66,672 and used the money for her own expenses.

Machen scheduled sentencing in October. The charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Bethea has agreed to pay full restitution to the federal government.

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