Woman Hires Impersonator To Defraud Social Security

DETROIT (WWJ) – A Detroit woman accused of defrauding Social Security of nearly $120,000 over two decades said she needed the money to raise five grandchildren.

Mary Alice Austin pleaded guilty to unlawfully cashing Social Security checks and will be sentenced Friday in federal court.

The 67 year-old is expected to get 10-16 months behind bars.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said on three separate occasions, Austin hired someone to impersonate her son, who was in prison, in order to defraud the Social Security Administration.



  • Laura Coburn

    NO JAIL TIME FOR MARY ALICE AUSTIN. There are bigger fish that still live luxury life styles without ONE day of jail time. Mary’s mentally-ill son being incarcerated for 20 years is payment enough. No one should be forced to steal just to feed their grandkids. Foster Care is not the answer. It is also cheaper for the State to allow Mary Alice to continue caring for the needs of her grandkids, if money is really the issue. I trust the judge will find the heart of justice and rule house arrest as the best resolution.

  • http://michigannewspress.com/2011/03/29/social-security-fraud-could-land-detroit-grandmother-behind-bars/ Social Security fraud could land Detroit grandmother behind bars | Michigan News Press | Michigan Breaking News Headlines | Michigan News Directory

    […] The 67-year-old pleaded guilty to unlawfully cashing Social Security checks and will be condemned Friday in sovereign court, reports CBS associate WWJ. […]

  • Jim

    That’s BS. Five kids? No parents in sight? She ought to be jailed forever. And how does one get that much money out of SS? I’d guess she contributed little, if any, during her life time.

  • http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/04/02/no-jail-time-for-grandmother-who-defrauded-social-security/ No Jail Time For Grandmother Who Defrauded Social Security « CBS Detroit

    […] (WWJ) – A judge has decided not to imprison a 67-year-old Detroit woman who stole $120,000 from Social Security to pay for the care of her five grandchildren.    A deal in exchange for her guilty plea called […]

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