Dillon woman sentenced for social security fraud

From US States Attorney Bill Nettles:

Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Emma Bowens was sentenced this week in federal court in Florence, South Carolina, for social security fraud.  United States District Judge R. Bryan Harwell, of Florence, sentenced Bowens to five years' probation and ordered her to pay $23,873.00 in restitution.

Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that Bowens lived with her mother, Tenner Townsend, who died on May 31, 2010.  Townsend was receiving Social Security Retirement Insurance benefits at the time of her death, and Bowens failed to report the death. Instead, Bowens continued to cash the Social Security checks by signing her mother's name to the checks. At the time the Social Security Administration discovered the death in August 2012, an overpayment of $23,873.00 had been made.