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Woman pleads guilty to Social Security theft

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MADISON (WAOW) – A Weston woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges accusing her of stealing some $52,000 in Social Security disability money, a prosecutor said Friday.

Susan Schepp, 54, pleaded guility to theft of government funds in U.S. District Court on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil said. She faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison when she is sentenced May 5, he said.

Schepp's son had received Social Security disability payments until 2003 when the mother told him the payments were stopping because he was employed, Vaudreuil said.

The mother controlled a joint account with the son while he was a teenager and never notified the Social Security Administration that the son was working full-time, Vaudreuil said.

From 2003 to 2008, the disability payments were deposited into the joint account and the mother transferred the money to her own account, the prosecutor said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Anderson said Schepp told investigators she used the money for personal expenses and never returned forms that the Social Security Administration mailed out inquiring about the son's employment status.

Schepp has repaid about $42,000 of the money obtained fraudulently, Anderson said.

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