Wilmington Woman pleads guilty to collecting social security benefits issued to her deceased mother for more than a decade | USAO-EDNC
Wilmington Woman pleads guilty to collecting social security benefits issued to her deceased mother for more than a decade |  USAO-EDNC

Wilmington Woman pleads guilty to collecting social security benefits issued to her deceased mother for more than a decade | USAO-EDNC

WILMINGTON, NC – A Wilmington woman pleaded guilty yesterday to theft of state property.

According to court documents, Antoinette Andrea Colbert, 49, of Wilmington, pleaded guilty to theft of public property in connection with the ongoing receipt and use of her deceased mother’s social security benefits for more than a decade. The investigation showed that the defendant’s mother died in 2007, but her death was never reported to the Social Security Administration by the family. Then, in 2008, after her mother’s death, shipments from Social Security were redirected to the defendant’s address in Wilmington, North Carolina. Various benefit card replacements were also directed to the defendant’s address. The defendant was also identified on bank records where she used her deceased mother’s social security benefits.

Colbert pleaded guilty to a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641 and risks a maximum of up to ten years in prison when he was convicted in May this year.

Michael Easley, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, issued the statement after U.S. District Judge Richard E. Myers II accepted the plea. The Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General investigated the case, and Assistant U.S. Attorney William M. Gilmore charged the case.

Related legal documents and information can be found on the website of U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by applying for Case No. 7: 21-CR-136-M.

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