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Social Security fraud nets woman home detention, probation

December 3, 2018

A federal judge sentenced a Greene County woman to probation for Social Security fraud.

Cindy Hancheck, 62, of Carmichaels was sentenced to four years of probation and one year of home detention, plus restitution of $115,597.94, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady announced Wednesday.

According to prosecutors, from 1999 to 2002, Hancheck made a series of false statements to the Social Security Administration, such as falsely claiming her husband had left her home and she did not know his whereabouts. Between 1999 and 2016, Hancheck failed to disclose her husband’s continued presence in her household and his continued financial support of her, with the intent to fraudulently secure Supplemental Security Income benefits, authorities said.

Also, from January 2000 to February 2016, Hancheck received $115,597.94 in Supplemental Security Income benefits to which she knew she was not entitled.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam N. Hallowell prosecuted this case.

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