Woman admits she used second Social Security number to fraudulently obtain nearly $200,000 in benefits

Published 10:51 pm Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Sadie Bradley, 66, of Waynesboro, pleaded guilty today before Senior U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett to one count of theft of government funds by fraudulently obtaining Social Security Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Resident Agent in Charge Marvin Mauldin of the Office of Inspector General, Social Security Administration.

From October 2008 through October 2017, Bradley received a total of $197,216.11 in funds belonging to the United States, by receiving Social Security benefits to which she knew she was not entitled.

In 1966, Bradley was issued a social security number under the name Sadie McCornell, and began receiving SSI benefit payments in 1974.

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In 1976, Bradley fraudulently applied for and was issue a second social security number under the name Sadie McConn, later changing her name to Sadie Bradley.

In 2008, Bradley applied for and began receiving SSI benefit payments under her second social security number, while still receiving SSI benefit payments under her first social security number.

In doing so, Bradley knowingly concealed and misrepresented her identity, income, resources, marital status, and living arrangements to the Social Security Administration in order to receive SSI benefit payments under both social security numbers.

Bradley will be sentenced by Judge Starrett on October 2, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Paul Fortenberry.