Mayfield couple sentenced for social security fraud

By Heartland News

GRAVES COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A Mayfield couple will pay more than $100,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to charges related to social security fraud.

51-year-old Clayton Williams and his wife, 41-year-old Tammy Williams, both pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of illegally receiving social security disability insurance or supplemental security income disability benefits.

Clayton Williams was sentenced to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment. He was ordered to pay $86,206.90 in restitution. After his release, Clayton Williams will be on supervised release for 3 years.

Tammy Williams was placed on probation for 3 years and ordered to pay $24,566 in restitution.

Court documents show Clayton Williams was indicted by a federal grand jury on a single count of fraudulently receiving social security benefits. The indictment alleges that Williams received social security benefits between May 2003 and March 2009 after reporting that he'd suffered from an illness and wasn't able to work.

An investigation revealed he actually returned to work just after that diagnosis using a separate social security number to conceal his wages. Investigators say Clayton Williams continued to work from 2003 to 2009 and didn't disclose his employment to the Social Security Administration.

The indictment also shows that Tammy Williams fraudulently secured supplemental security income benefits by saying she was separated from her husband. Investigators said she was living with her husband and the two failed to disclose jointly owned real estate and other assets.

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