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Woman Pleads Guilty To Falsifying Disability Claim


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11/17/2008
Brent Adams
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On May 30, a 45-year-old woman from Derry, New Hampshire entered a plea of guilty to charges that she had lied to the Social Security Administration in connection with a claim for disability benefits.

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Ligia Veda filed a document with the SSA to request that the monthly payments she and her husband were making to reimburse the agency for an overpayment of disability benefits to her husband be reduced.

On that form, Veda knowingly falsely reported the couple’s monthly rent or mortgage expenses to be $1,200, even though the couple had no expenses for monthly rent or a mortgage. The couple’s monthly payments were substantially reduced based on that false statement in addition to the term of the repayment term being extended.

Veda faces a potential maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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