2 Sentenced To Prison Over Social Security Fraud

DENVER (AP) – Two people with Colorado ties have been sentenced to prison in cases of Social Security fraud.

Federal prosecutors said Monday that 61-year-old Kimberly Ann Stenerson of Mankato, Kan., has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison for making a false statement to the Social Security Administration. The former Steamboat Springs, Colo., resident was accused of accepting benefits for a mentally disadvantaged aunt whom she had placed in a nursing home in Mexico, while telling Social Security officials the aunt lived in California and that she checked on her regularly.

Separately, 38-year-old Stephanie Sanchez of the Denver area has been sentenced to a year in prison for accepting $16,562 in Social Security child’s insurance benefits for two children who didn’t live with her.

Both women must pay restitution.

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