Former woman Lunenburg convicted of stealing Social Security benefits | USAO-MA

BOSTON – A former wife of Lunenburg was yesterday sentenced by a federal court in Worcester to steal Social Security benefits.

Sue E. Delaney, 68, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to six months of house arrest and two years of probation. Delaney was also ordered to pay $221,656 in restitution to the Social Security Administration (SSA). On April 12, 2021, Delaney pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of theft of public funds.

“Delaney purposely failed to report the death of her own relative just to continue receiving and pocketing her deceased relative’s Social Security benefits,” said acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell. “Her crime has diverted benefits to people who are actually entitled to them. Our office will use federal charges as appropriate to sanction this type of fraud and protect the integrity of the Social Security system.”

“Hiding death information from the Social Security Administration to steal benefits provided to the deceased is a federal crime that we will continue to pursue,” said Gail S. Ennis, Inspector General of the Social Security Administration. “For over 16 years, this individual withheld vital information to maintain illegal access to more than $221,000. I thank the US Attorney’s Office and Special Assistant US Attorney Karen Burzycki for pursuing this case.”

In 1999, Delaney’s mother-in-law, who received monthly Social Security benefits, died. Delaney failed to notify the Social Security Administration of the death, and SSA continued to deposit monthly benefits into a bank account owned by Delaney’s mother-in-law. From November 1999 to March 2017, Delaney stole approximately $221,656 in Social Security benefits from her late mother-in-law’s account.

Acting US Attorney Mendell and SSA IG Ennis made the announcement today. US Special Assistant Attorney Karen Burzycki of Mendell’s Major Crimes Unit has prosecuted the case.

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