Gillette Woman Pleads Guilty To Illegally Collecting Federal Benefits
A Gillette woman pleaded guilty in federal court last week to hiding information about her family's income to illegally collect nearly $58,000 in Supplemental Security Income.
Michelle Lynn Chambers entered her plea before U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl on Wednesday.
Chambers told the court she moved to Wyoming in November 2004, lived together with her boyfriend beginning December 2005, and then married.
She was collecting Supplemental Security Income from December 2005 until July 31, 2013, but did not tell the Social Security Administration that her husband was employed, she said. She admitted that additional household income would have disqualified her from receiving SSI.
In a plea deal with prosecutors, Chambers would receive between six and 12 months imprisonment and pay restitution amounting to $57,934.
However, Skavdahl said the court is not bound by the agreementl, and he may hand down a different punishment during her sentencing Aug. 10, he said.
Chambers remains free on a personal recognizance bond of $10,000.