BOSTON – A Fall River woman was sentenced today in federal court for stealing Social Security disability benefits.
Gloria Camara, 58, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to time served and three years of supervised release, with the first five months to be served on home confinement. She also was ordered to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration (SSA) in the amount of $84,222. In August 2020, Camara pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public funds and one count of making a false statement.
Camara began receiving Social Security disability benefits in 1992. In November 2009, she began working as a caregiver, but she did not report her income to the SSA. Instead, during periodic eligibility reviews, including a review on April 20, 2017, Camara falsely told Social Security that her only income consisted of three months of unemployment compensation benefits in 2008, and sporadic wages from two companies between 2003 and 2011. Because she did not report her earnings as a caregiver, Camara stole approximately $84,222 in Social Security benefits from November 2009 through October 2019.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Tonya Perkins, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division made the announcement today. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Burzycki of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.