CONCORD – Kelley Bevin, 53, of Hampton Falls, has pleaded guilty in federal court to theft of public funds, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Bevin’s mother died in May 2016. At the time of her death, Bevin’s mother was receiving monthly Social Security benefits in a bank account. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) was not notified of his death until April 2020, resulting in an overpayment of $ 80,826. Several weeks before her mother died, Bevin acquired the bank card from her mother’s account. For four years, Bevin used the card to access his deceased mother’s bank account and spent the funds.
On March 27, 2020, the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economics Security) law was promulgated. Among other things, the CARES Act provided for stimulus payments of $ 1,200 to Americans below certain income thresholds. However, the deceased were not entitled to these payments. The US Treasury deposited a stimulus payment of $ 1,200 into Bevin’s mother’s bank account. Bevin was not entitled to this payment, but it was part of the funds she illegally converted for her own use.
In total, Bevin stole $ 82,026 in SSA benefits and COVID-19 stimulus payments that she was not entitled to receive.
Bevin is expected to be sentenced on January 11, 2022.
“Social Security and CARES Act benefits provide significant financial support to qualified beneficiaries,” Acting US Attorney Farley said. “In order to protect the integrity of these federal programs, we will not hesitate to lay criminal charges against those who steal federal benefits. I thank the Office of the Inspector General for its investigative efforts in this matter.
“Bevin abused social security benefits intended for her deceased mother for several years and in addition, she stole money intended to help a population struggling with the economic effects of the coronavirus. This should serve as a warning to anyone receiving and misusing social security benefits intended for someone else, ”said Gail S. Ennis, Inspector General of the Social Security Administration. “Anyone who fails to report a death to Social Security should heed this guilty plea and know that we are coming knocking on the door. I would like to thank the Office of the United States Attorney and Special Assistant to the United States Attorney Alexander Chen for pursuing this case and holding it accountable. “
This case was investigated by the Office of the Inspector General of Social Security Administration. The case is being pursued by Assistant US Attorney Alexander S. Chen and Assistant US Attorney Matthew T. Hunter.