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Oak Lawn Woman Accused of Social Security Fraud

63-year-old woman accused of $360,000 in fraud, faces prison and $250,000.

An Oak Lawn woman is among 10 persons accused of Social Security benefits fraud.

Betsy Minor, 63, of Oak Lawn, is suspected of obtaining $369,188 in illegal benefits. Altogether, the defendants are accused of stealing $1.27 million from the federal government.

Though her mother died in 1993, Minor was a co-signatory on a bank account where her mother’s Social Security payments, were deposited and she continued to collect them for 10 years, according to her indictment.

Six of the defendants allegedly engaged in the fraud by using false identities claiming to be disabled or otherwise unemployable, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. These individuals either applied for Social Security benefits under multiple names or worked under one name and applied for benefits using another name, according to the charges.

Other defendants allegedly continued to receive benefits from the account of a beneficiary who they knew was deceased and no longer entitled to receive payments.

Each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and mandatory restitution.

STM April 22, 2014 at 08:27 AM
This is our system, it sucks. When I reported ( at least 30 times or more) social security fraud to social security administration, nothing was done. So I went to our congressman lipinski and reported it to him ( several times ) that a lady who does not live in the U.S. , is not a citizen, visited U.S. twice for a few weeks is collecting $1300 per month, and her relative is getting all her SS paperwork and once a year she is forging that lady's signature and sending it in to SS so she keeps receiving her fraudulent benefits. Another reason why this system sucks is that I thought you have to be a citizen to serve on jury duty. Well, the same lady got a summons for a jury ( it came to my house as I was a secondary address), so when I called the jury duty dept. , and told them that the lady is not a citizen, does not live in the U.S.A., only has been in the U.S. twice for a short visit, they told me to send proof that she is not a citizen. how could I prove that she is not a citizen and does not live in the U.S.? What kind of info would anybody send in as a proof of non-citizen? I threw the summons in a garbage. Her social security stopped 4 years later when her relative passed away and all the mail came to my house , as I was a secondary address. When I received her statement from social security requesting her signature, I ripped it up and threw it in the garbage, and the payments stopped. That shows you how careless,stupid and bad our system is. I believe that the money she defrauded our system of belongs to our citizens and not foreigners.
Daisy April 22, 2014 at 08:38 PM
Amen!!!!!!!
Ron Williams May 06, 2014 at 07:33 AM
Scam artists make me sick, I am legitimately disabled and have to prove it at least twice a year with medical records and doctor verifications (I have multiple progressive conditions including amputation). Last year while recovering from a surgery, I had a room mate tell me how he beat the system, he divorced his wife (they stayed together), put their property in their children's name, and worked for cash so they each got welfare, food stamps, and medicaid. He was proud of this!
David W. Kackert Sr. May 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Wouldn't you have to OPEN someone else's mail to see it was a statement and a signature page. Not saying what they did was wrong, but opening someone's mail is a Federal crime. Kind of the pot calling the kettle black. I am in NO way condoning defrauding the Government, but 2 wrongs don't make a right.
Mary Ann Riccio May 21, 2014 at 08:42 AM
When my mom and dad passed the funeral home notifies social security

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