A Woodville woman has been ordered to pay over $100,000 in restitution after being being sentenced for Social Security fraud, health care fraud, and theft of public money.
U.S. District Judge ordered 51-year-old Rella Austin-Kimball to pay a total of $103,596.91 in restitution — consisting of $78,858.25 to the Social Security Administration (SSA), and $4,550.66 for the MaineCare program, and $20,188 for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Austin-Kimball was also sentenced to serve three years of probation.
According to court records, between January 2005 and March 2021, Austin-Kimball lied to the SSA about her husband being in her household, and failed to report her receipt of alimony payments following her divorce in order to appear eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments.
Austin-Kimball also hid her husband’s presence from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services from January 2005 to July 2017, in order to receive MaineCare and SNAP benefits, according to court records.
In multiple benefit eligibility reviews, Austin-Kimball falsely represented to the SSA and ME/DHHS that she and her husband had separated in January 2005 and had lived separately since that time. Following her divorce, she failed to disclose her receipt of alimony payments during eligibility reviews.U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine say Austin-Kimball fraudulently obtained the benefits on behalf of herself and her then-minor child.