Simpsonville woman pleads to Social Security fraud

Simpsonville, SC - COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - Social Security fraud charges have led a 66-year-old Simpsonville woman to plead guilty Friday in an Anderson courtroom.

Evelyn V. Hindman pleaded guilty to obtaining Social Security and Medicaid benefits by the use of false pretenses, according to U.S. Attorney William Nettles.

Evidence presented at Hindman's change of plea hearing revealed the 66-year-old falsely told authorities she did not live with her husband. The representation caused her husband's income to be excluded from benefits eligibility calculations.

As a result of the false representation, Hindman received more than $93,000 in benefits to which she was not entitled.

The maximum penalty Hindman can receive is a $250,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison. A special assessment of $200 will also be tacked onto the penalty.

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