ALBANY – A Schenectady woman illegally received Supplemental Security Income for her and a relative in her care by concealing money she received from an inheritance, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Had she disclosed the inheritance money she’d received, they would have been ineligible for the benefits, prosecutors said.
Jenelle L. Plumadore, 39, was arraigned last week on an indictment charging her with three different counts of fraud related to the case, records show.
She is accused of failing to disclose her assets from March through August 2016. She and her relative then received SSI benefits that they weren’t entitled to, officials said.
She is also accused of telling the government that she did not have any other type of resource related to the benefits in September 2016, while still possessing a cashier’s check from the inheritance worth nearly $25,000, according to the indictment.
SSI is a needs-based program, available to elderly, blind and disabled individuals that provides money to help pay living expenses, officials said.
The case is being investigated by the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General and prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrian S. LaRochelle.
Federal prosecutors released information about the case a day after another Schenectady woman was arraigned on charges in a different case that she took her late mother’s Social Security survivor’s benefits for more than three years after her mother died.