A home health worker from Teaneck assumed the identity of her late brother to raise more than $20,000 in disability money from Social Security, authorities said.
Wanda Lynn Sermon, 55, “did not notify the Social Security Administration of her brother’s death and instead took control of his bank account,” Bergen County prosecutor Mark Musella said Wednesday.
For the next 16 months, Musella said, Sermon continued to “access social security benefits for disability benefits intended for” [him],” while putting $20,438 in his pocket.
Investigators from his Financial Crimes Division began the investigation this summer after being warned by the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General’s Office of Investigations New Jersey Field Division, the prosecutor said.
Investigators charged Sermon with fraudulent theft and released her pending an initial appearance in the Hackensack Central Court.
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