A Hopkinsville woman pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to stealing over $100,000 government funds from the Social Security Administration, according to Craig Casserly, public information officer with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division.
According to the 2019 grand jury indictment, Margaret Ann Moore, 65, knowingly embezzled $112,959 in Social Security Disability Insurance benefit payments that she was not entitled to receive between October 2002 and February 2018.
Moore is charged with theft of government funds, Social Security fraud, making a false statement and five counts of filing a false tax return.
Additionally Casserly said, Moore concealed the fact that she worked as a midwife from the Social Security Administration in order to continue to receive the insurance benefit payments.
The indictment states Moore made a false statement on a Social Security Administration Statement of Claimant Form in 2017 by stating she has not worked since March 1989, knowing she had been working as a midwife dating back to October 2002.
Lastly, Moore filed false income tax returns with the IRS for the 2012-2017 income tax years by failing to disclose that she was engaged in the operation of a business from which she derived gross receipts and received income.
Moore faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for Theft of Government Funds; three years in prison and a $250,000 fine for Social Security Fraud and Making a False Statement; and three years in prison and a $100,000 fine for Filing a False Income Tax Return with the IRS.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Madison Sewell and was investigated by special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation and Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration.
Moore’s sentencing is set for Aug. 12.