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Cobb Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Funds

Marietta resident illegally cashed nearly $200,000 in Social Security checks issued to her deceased mother-in-law, who passed away in 1994.

Credit: Patch File
Credit: Patch File
Patch Staff Report

Jennifer Wynn or Marietta has pleaded guilty to charges that she stole nearly $200,000 from the federal government by illegally receiving and spending her mother-in-law's Social Security benefits for nearly 20 years after her mother-in-law's death.

According to United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: Wynn's mother-in-law died in 1994. The defendant kept the deceased woman's bank account open, and the benefits, which were intended solely for her mother-in-law, were deposited into the account.

Wynn used the money for her own personal expenses. Wynn attempted to conceal her mother-in-law’s death by writing checks to herself each month, and forging her mother-in-law's signature. In total, she received $195,304 in government benefits to which she was not entitled. 

Sentencing for Wynn, 50, is scheduled for August 13, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. before United States District Judge Orinda D. Evans.

“The amount of money Wynn stole and her persistence in stealing for nearly 20 years shows her shameful disregard of the law,” said Yates in a statement. “Those who steal from federal entitlement programs are on notice that they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This type of crime harms not only the federal government, but the proper beneficiaries of these programs.”

Angela June 08, 2014 at 06:23 AM
I cannot understand how anyone could purposely steal moey from anyone or the government that does not rightfully belong to them. She coul not have been happy all these years! I hope she repents while in prison.
Susan Thompson June 08, 2014 at 09:24 AM
Why can't they prevent this kind of fraud with computers? Isn't SS notified when someone dies?
your own luck June 08, 2014 at 01:35 PM
Susan, why thoughts exactly. Why aren't there any checks and balances to prohibit this type of fraud. Let's face it, the government is not run very efficiently.
electric123 June 08, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Dear Susan, they do now, my elderly roommate I took care of till his death two years ago stopped his check the exact next month because his daughter called to make sure all benefits stopped.
Lone Stranger June 09, 2014 at 04:08 PM
This person should be sentenced to hard, hard labor. This is just pathetic. This woman should be sentenced to washing bed pans at VA hospitals for life.

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