Falmouth woman convicted of Social Security fraud

Published: Mar. 23, 2013 at 2:00 AM EDT
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COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) - A Falmouth woman was sentenced on Friday for Social Security fraud after convincing her son to lie for her and even dressing in costume to fool SSA agents.

Authorities say Regina Kay Vanlandingham, 51, didn't disclose her true living arrangement and financial resources to the Social Security Administration. It happened numerous times from 1999 through 2011.

Court records indicate Vanlandingham told Social Security she was living alone and not receiving financial support from anyone, when in fact, she was receiving financial assistance from three separate men at different times.

In addition, she dressed in a costume and pretended to be severely mentally disabled in front of Social Security agents in an attempt to remain eligible for assistance, according to authorities. When agents became suspicious, she had her son, Franklin Vanlandingham, 30, lie to help her conceal her fraud.

In total, Vanlandingham received $191,931.97 from state and federal assistance programs as a result of her scheme.

She was convicted of Supplemental Security Income Fraud and sentenced to 12 months in federal prison. Her son received five months in prison, followed by five months home detention, for aiding and abetting Supplemental Security Income Fraud.

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