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.

Comments (5)
  1. DANIAL says:


  2. Laura Coburn says:

    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.

  3. Jim says:

    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.

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