Eudora News and Information

Story by George Diepenbrock, courtesy The Lawrence Journal-World

A 58-year-old Eudora woman has pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement that allowed her to receive about $61,000 in Social Security disability benefits for which she was not eligible.

Sheery Regalado pleaded guilty on Friday in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., after prosecutors filed the felony count earlier this month. As part of the plea, Regalado admitted to telling the Social Security Administration in 2007 that her husband did not live with her even though he did, which resulted in her receiving benefits she was not eligible to receive from August 2000 to July 2011. According to the plea, she also told investigators Regalado had access to a joint bank account with her husband.

Prosecutors said Social Security investigators need to know the number of residents living in a household and the income available to determine the monthly amount a recipient is eligible to receive.

According to the plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend Regalado serve home detention if she has no significant past criminal history. She also must pay $61,000 restitution.

Regalado’s sentencing is scheduled for November.


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