Kansas woman admits fraud from need-based programs

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City, Kan., woman pleaded guilty to defrauding federal need-based programs out of more than $43,000.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced in a news release that 57-year-old Wanda Herdman admitted Wednesday that the stole from the Supplemental Security Income, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance and Medicaid programs.

Herdman faces up to 10 years in federal prison and $250,000 when she is sentenced.

In her plea, Herdman said she didn’t report her spouse’s Department of Veterans Affairs income because it would have stopped her from receiving Social Security benefits.

She also admitted to being overpaid by the Social Security Administration because she didn’t follow reporting guidelines, and receiving food stamps and Medicaid benefits she was not entitled to because she didn’t accurately report her income.

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