3 in Columbia admit stealing thousands of dollars from Social Security Administration

08/21/2014 7:45 PM

08/21/2014 7:50 PM

When Carolyn Taylor’s mother died just before Christmas in 1998, the 68-year-old Columbia woman did not report the death to the Social Security Administration. On Thursday she pleaded guilty in federal court to defrauding the government of nearly $100,000 because she continued to collect her mother’s Social Security payments for 15 years, US attorney Bill Nettles said. The payment were stopped in December 2013. She could be sentenced to 10 years in jail and/or fined $250,000.

Taylor was one of three Columbia residents who admitted stealing from the Social Security Administration in federal court on Thursday.

Monique Aaron drove children to school for 6 years as a Richland 1 bus driver. The 45-year-old performed this job even as she collected disability payments from the government between 2007 until 2013 saying she was unable to work. In all she admitted stealing more than $116,000. She could be sentenced to 10 years in jail and/or fined $250,000.

Hussan Omar’s disabled son collects disability benefits from Social Security. As his son’s guardian, the 55-year-old native of Syria did not inform the government when his son returned to Syria between March 2009 and April 2013. On Thursday, Omar admitted that he continued to collect the federal payments and lied when asked if his son had been out of the country. The fraud was tripped up when the son returned to the United States and he applied for disability payments not knowing that the payments were still coming to his father. In all, Omar admitted to stealing more than $25,000 in over payments. He could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and/or fined $250,000.

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