Criminal Justice

Gary Woman to Prison for Social Security Fraud

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December 8, 2013 —  The United States Attorney’s Office in Hammond is sending a Gary woman to federal prison in a Social Security payments case.

U.S. Attorney David Capp’s Office says 26-year-old Lakita Lee was sentenced by District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 16 months of probation, with ten months of this probationary period to be served on home detention, and restitution of $32,608 to the Social Security Administration along with  a $1,000 fine.

Court records say Lee pleaded guilty to the felony offense of theft of government property.

According to documents filed in this case, Lee was a Social Security representative payee for Marva Davis when Lee did not report to the Social Security Administration that Davis had died.  Capp’s office says Lee continued to complete paperwork, signed under oath, stating that she was using the disability benefit funds for the benefit of Davis, though instead Lee was using the funds for her own benefit.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Social Security Administration-Office of the Inspector General.


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