April 27, 2012
A Leavenworth woman has pleaded guilty to fraudulently collecting disability benefits while working in federal and state jobs.
Tya Dejuan Tiller, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of Social Security fraud and one count of theft of public funds. At sentencing, the government will ask the Court to order that Tiller pay $108,350 in restitution to the Social Security Administration and the Kansas Dept. of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
In her plea, Tiller admitted that beginning in September, 2003 she applied for and received Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits claiming a disabling condition. She continued to receive benefits while working in 2005, 2006 and 2007 for the Veterans Administration as a contract representative for VA beneficiaries, and in 2007, 2008 and 2009 as a human services specialist for the Kansas Dept. Of Social and Rehabilitation Services. She did not report to the Social Security Administration that she was working, which she was required to do under the rules of the program.
Tiller also admitted that while working as a caseworker for the Kansas Dept. of Social and Rehabilitation Services, she put false information in the records of at least four individuals who were no longer eligible for food stamp benefits in order to convert to her own use $11,234.
Sentencing is set for July 30. She faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the Social Security count and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of theft of public funds.