Upstate SC Woman Hid Grandfather’s Body to Collect SS Checks, Sentenced for Social Security Fraud
A woman from Greenwood, SC was sentenced to 10 months on Tuesday, January 15th, for social security fraud, among other charges.
According to court documents, Alicia Kelly hid her grandfather’s body after he passed away, and continued to cash his social security checks. Investigators found the man’s body in a trailer in February 2011. Kelly had concealed her grandfather’s death for more than a year to continue collecting his social security.
In federal court in Anderson, SC, Kelly pled guilty to the social security fraud charges.
Woman Faced Other Criminal Charges, Not Just Social Security Fraud
Kelly was taken to court on additional criminal charges. Not only did she commit social security fraud, she was charged with desecrating human remains, child abuse, and swindling.
Kelly had claimed that her 15-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer, in order to scam money from donors. The child was healthy.
Authorities discovered her other criminal activities after discovering her grandfather’s body and Kelly’s social security fraud scheme.
Kelly also pled guilty to the additional charges, and in March 2012 was sentenced to 3 years in prison.
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Social security fraud is a serious federal charge. If you know someone who is committing social security fraud, you should immediately report their activities at this website.
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If you believe someone has stolen your identity or is misusing your benefits, you should contact the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services immediately. You should also get in touch with a lawyer to help defend you.
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