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Eudora woman pleads guilty to illegally receiving Social Security benefits

August 20, 2012

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A 58-year-old Eudora woman has pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement that allowed her to receive about $61,000 in Social Security disability benefits for which she was not eligible.

Sheery Regalado pleaded guilty on Friday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., after prosecutors filed the felony count earlier this month. As part of the plea, Regalado admitted to telling the Social Security Administration in 2007 that her husband did not live with her even though he did, which resulted in her receiving benefits she was not eligible to receive from August 2000 to July 2011. According to the plea, she also told investigators Regalado had access to a joint bank account with her husband.

Prosecutors said Social Security investigators need to know the number of residents living in a household and the income available to determine the monthly amount a recipient is eligible to receive.

According to the plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend Regalado serve home detention if she has no significant past criminal history. She also must pay $61,000 restitution.

Regalado’s sentencing is scheduled for November.

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cletus26 1 year, 7 months ago

According to the plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend Regalado serve home detention if she has no significant past criminal history. She also must pay $61,000 restitution.

well i be.... i say, "give her thieving butt some time in prison!!

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greenworld 1 year, 8 months ago

The idea is to collect ss not do somebodys job for them to pay it back. And they wonder why ss is broke and going in the hole.

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tomatogrower 1 year, 8 months ago

Hey, I'm all for busting people who are playing the system. I'd like to know why it took so long for Texas to bust this doctor for Medicaid and Medicare fraud? Is it because he had money? Not all people who rip off Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare are poor people not wanting to work.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/29/us/seven-charged-in-texas-medicare-and-medicaid-fraud.html

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jackpot 1 year, 8 months ago

Impossible, disability payment is set by how much you have paid in FICA tax, not by how much money you can get to. Supplemental Security Income is income based so how much you have is a factor.

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jhawkinsf 1 year, 8 months ago

There are some, not all, not the majority, maybe not even a lot, but some, who get their disability checks, spend the money in bars and then go sleep at our local shelter. And the biggest problem is that that behavior does not necessarily fall into the category fraud. They've made poor decision making a lifestyle.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 8 months ago

She is not the only one. I'll bet there is a crap ton of this going on.

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Hooligan_016 1 year, 8 months ago

This means we must abolish social security now, right?

/snark

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