U.S. Social Security Fraud Scandal: $2 Million Scammer Tried to Pay Social Security Benefits to a Victim
A U.K. man trying to pay Social Security benefits to a fraudster who tried to steal her identity has pleaded guilty to attempting to commit a fraud.
Jodi Johnson, 29, was arrested in December 2016 in Massachusetts on charges of identity theft and identity fraud.
She pleaded guilty Monday to the charges in federal court in Boston.
She faces up to 25 years in prison.
Jodie Johnson pleaded guilty in federal district court in Massachusetts to identity theft.
She was arrested on Dec. 21, 2016, on a charge of identity fraud and sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.
She will also have to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration, a $2 million civil penalty, and pay a $3,000 fine.
Johnson pleaded guilty at a pretrial hearing on Tuesday in Boston Federal Court.
The hearing is scheduled for April 26.
Johnson was arrested Dec. 31, 2016 on charges that she used a social security number that was already in her name to commit identity theft, a crime that is punishable by up to life in prison and a $10,000 civil penalty.
She had been convicted in 2015 of a similar fraud case and was sentenced to four years in jail in that case.
Johnson’s guilty plea is the first federal fraud conviction for Johnson since she was charged in May of this year, according to court records.
Johnson has a social work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a criminal justice degree from Northeastern University.
She also attended Georgetown University.
She is being held in the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Bridgewater State Prison without bail and is expected to be sentenced May 19.