Bakersfield woman pleads guilty to stealing $93k in Social Security benefits

FRESNO, Calif. - Princesa Alvarado Mata, 66, of Bakersfield, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to one count of misuse of a Social Security number.

According to court documents, Mata admitted that in her Social Security disability benefits application, she used another person’s name, date of birth and Social Security number to apply for and receive Social Security disability benefits.

Between July 2000 and November 2009, Mata received approximately $93,000 in Social Security funds by assuming and misusing the other person’s identity and Social Security number.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Henry Z. Carbajal III is prosecuting the case.

Mata is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge O’Neill on December 16, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. She faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

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