Bristol woman accused of $ 40,000 Social Security fraud
Bristol woman accused of $ 40,000 Social Security fraud

Bristol woman accused of $ 40,000 Social Security fraud

BRISTOL, RI – A woman from Bristol is accused of defrauding the government of more than $ 40,000 in fraudulent social security benefits. Sonia Pimental, 43, was charged with bank fraud, theft of public funds and aggravated identity theft.

According to Rhode Island’s U.S. Attorney Zachary Cunha’s office, Pimental charged benefits from December 2011 to October 2016. During that time, she claimed custody of a child who did not live with her and told officials she used the benefits to pay for the child’s need. According to court documents, she opened a bank account in the child’s name and had the SSI benefits deposited there. In fact, she withdrew the money, which amounted to more than $ 42,000, for personal use.

Pimental was also charged with using the child’s name, social security number, bank account number and date of birth to apply for fraudulent benefits.

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In court this week, Pimental pleaded not guilty and was released on a $ 10,000 bail.

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