Omaha couple convicted of lying on social security forms
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – An Omaha couple were sentenced in federal court Monday to at least one year in prison and three years of federal oversight after filing false social security documents showing the couple no longer lived together.
US District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon tried Curtis and Cardella Gills, both 64, in federal court at a time when they made a false testimony to a government agency. This emerges from a communication from the acting US attorney Jan Sharp.
On August 24, 2016, the Gills filed social security forms with the government claiming they had not cohabited since September 1992 – when they were actually married – so Curtis Gills could receive surplus SSI benefits from 1991 through at least 2016, it said in the press release.
When sentenced on Monday, Curtis Gills was ordered to be released under custody for three years, provided he served 18 months at home. He was also ordered to repay $ 151,229.69 to Social Security and $ 10,272 to the Nebraska Department of Health.
Cardella Gills was sentenced to a three-year supervised release on condition of one year imprisonment. She was also ordered to repay $ 72,489 to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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