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Ridgely Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Social Security and Medicaid Benefits

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RIDGELY, Md.- A Caroline County woman pleaded guilty to theft after she was charged with stealing social security and Medicaid benefits.

Authorities say 59-year-old Debra Kay Schindler, of Ridgely, pleaded guilty to theft of government property arising from a scheme to steal $173,529 in social security and Medicaid benefits.
 
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Special Agent in Charge Michael McGill of the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, Philadelphia Field Division.
 
According to her guilty plea, from June 2003 to July 2013, Schindler received Social Security Administration Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid benefits due to back disorders and diabetes.  

Schindler reported to SSA that she was married, but was living alone and had no income or resources. But officials say during that time, Schindler was actually living with her husband who worked at Giant Food.  Police say Schindler shared a bank account with her husband, and was the co-beneficiary of her husband’s pension.  Had SSA been aware of Schindler’s income, resources or living arrangements, Schindler would not have qualified for any benefits.
 
Schindler fraudulently received a total of $173,529.81 in SSI and Medicaid benefits.
 
Schindler faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for theft of government property. Schindler has agreed to pay restitution of $173,529.81.  Sentencing is set for for April 27.

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