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.