South Bend woman sentenced to prison, must repay $550K to government
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A South Bend woman who worked for the Social Security Administration was sentenced in federal court for ten counts of making false entries in government records, two counts of conversion of government money and one count of mail fraud.
Sharon Ramos, 56, was sentenced to 46 months in prison and must pay $550,383.66 in restitution to the Social Security Administration.
Between January 2008 and December 2013, Ramos made false and fictitious representations on Supplemental Security Income accounts of numerous claimants. The improper entries resulted in numerous claimants receiving payments they were not entitled to receive, according to the US Attorney's Office.
She was convicted after a four day trial in November 2017.
After her conviction, United States Attorney Kirsch said, “When a public employee misuses her position to break the law and violate the public trust, we will hold the employee accountable for her actions by prosecution. This case is an example of the outstanding work done by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General to root out fraud and corruption, and in this case, to hold Ms. Ramos accountable for her conduct.”