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Social Security employee steals $1.8 million in funds by filing fake claims, feds say

Yahoo News

A former employee for the Social Security Administration is accused of abusing her position to steal $1.8 million in benefits over a 12-year span. She’s facing federal charges in Puerto Rico.

Myrna Faria worked for the Social Security Administration in San Juan for 28 years as a “‘social insurance specialist’ and ‘claims specialist’” before retiring in 2019, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico said in a March 14 news release.

Faria began using her position to steal funds from the Social Security Administration in March 2012, prosecutors said.

Over a 12-year period, she filed 13 fake claims “on behalf of others, using the identity of individuals she believed to be deceased,” prosecutors said. “She then approved those false claims and submitted her own bank and address information” to collect the benefits.


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