Durham woman pleads guilty to Social Security fraud | USAO-ME – Community News
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Durham woman pleads guilty to Social Security fraud | USAO-ME

PORTLAND, Maine: A Durham woman pleaded guilty in federal court to Social Security fraud today, acting US Attorney Donald E. Clark announced.

According to court records, from approximately July 2009 to November 2018, Carol Bourgoin, 65, a recipient of supplemental security income (“SSI”), hid her husband’s presence in her household to ensure she was eligible for benefits. SSI benefits are paid to people on limited income who are blind, disabled or elderly. Bourgoin’s husband had sufficient income to make her ineligible for the benefits she was receiving during that period. In multiple assessments of her entitlement to benefits, Bourgoin falsely suggested to the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) that she lived alone and received no help or money from another person during this time. During an interview with law enforcement officers, Bourgoin admitted that she hid her living situation from SSA because she knew it would make her ineligible for SSI.

Bourgoin faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release. She will be sentenced after the completion of an investigative report on the presence of the American probation service. A federal district court judge will determine an eventual penalty after considering U.S. sentencing guidelines and other legal factors.

The Office of the Inspector General of the SSA has investigated the matter.

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