A Gary resident has been sentenced to 16 months of probation after she
pleaded guilty in federal court to theft of government property, in
connection with a Social Security benefits scam, the U.S. Attorney’s Office
for the Northern District of Indiana said.
Lakita Lee, 36, must serve 16 months of probation--10 of them on home
detention--make restitution of $32,608, and pay a $1,000 fine, the U.S.
Attorney’s Office said.
“According to documents filed in this case, Lee was a Social Security
representative payee for Marva Davis,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “Lee
did not report to Social Security that Davis had died and continued to
complete paperwork, signed under oath, stating that she was using the
disability benefit funds for the benefit of Davis, instead Lee was using the
funds for her own benefit.”
This case was investigated by the Social Security Administration-Office of
the Inspector General.