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Woman convicted of fraud

A 40-year-old Whitesburg woman has been convicted by a federal jury in Pikeville for illegally receiving financial aid for almost 15 years.

After a day and a half trial which ended June 15, the jury convicted Beverly Eileen Banks on one count of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) fraud and another count of providing a false statement to the Social Security Administration.

Banks concealed her true living arrangements from December 1994 to October 2008 so she could continue receiving SSI benefits. Banks told the Social Security Administration Office in Hazard that she lived alone with her son in Letcher County without any other financial assistance. The prosecution proved that Banks had lived with her boyfriend, who is the father of her son, and that he provided substantial financial assistance to her.

To qualify for SSI a person must be disabled and demonstrate a significant need for financial assistance.

Kyle Edelen, public affairs offi- cer with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Kentucky, said the total amount of benefits Banks received wasn’t stated during the trial and isn’t public record at this time.

Sentencing for Banks is set for Nov. 9 in U.S. District Court in Pikeville.

The investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration and Office of the Inspector General, Office of Investigations. The United States was represented by Assistant United States Attorney Christy Love.

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