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Leavenworth woman sentenced to one year, one day in prison for disability fraud

March 1, 2013


A 38-year-old Leavenworth woman has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for disability fraud, according to U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Tya Dejuan Tiller pleaded guilty in April to one count of Social Security fraud and one count of theft of public funds after an investigation by officials from the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

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On Friday, Tiller was ordered to pay $76,875 in restitution in addition to the prison sentence.

Tiller admitted fraudulently collecting disability benefits while working in federal and state jobs and failing to report to the Social Security Administration that she was employed.

Beginning in 2003, Tiller applied for disability benefits and continued collecting them while working for the Veterans Administration as a representative for VA beneficiaries from 2005 to 2007. She also collected the benefits while working as a human services specialist for the department of social services from 2007 to 2009.

Tiller also admitted falsifying records to obtain $11,234 in food stamps while working as a social worker.


bad_dog 5 years ago

366 days seems a bit light for what had to be dozens of counts. I guess I shouldn't complain when they identify and ultimately prosecute someone for disability fraud. All too rare.

From my perspective, this should be a situation where if convicted, an offender should permanently forgo future benefit eligibility; at least until all improper payments are recovered.

Currahee 5 years ago

I believe she can no longer be eligible for disability benefits for committing disability fraud. Unfortunately catching people and convicting them is more of the exception rather than the rule. Very hard to kick someone off once they get on...

pace 5 years ago

While people die or suffer waiting on the list, She probably had some help. We are living in an increasingly corrupt stae where insiders lap the gravy.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

If she were a Wall Street banker, she'd have made off with 10 or 100 times as much booty, and the Feds would just look the other way.

matahari 5 years ago

the judge musta had a sense of humour, a year and a day hah

Anthony Mall 5 years ago

By sentencing her to the extra day it makes it a more serious crime... Never allowed to own a firearm, voting rights etc....

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