A Portland woman was sentenced to four months in jail for stealing more than $10,000 in welfare benefits intended for her sister.
Killda Boutros, 46, appeared in federal court for her sentencing last week. She pleaded guilty to Social Security fraud in November.
According to a Department of Justice release, Boutros became her sister's representative payee in September 2006, allowing her to receive her sister's Supplemental Security Income. She was required to report to the Social Security Administration if her sister left the United States for more than 30 days.
Investigators said her sister and other family members were out of the country for months at a time, but Boutros didn't report it and repeatedly withdrew the benefits.
The Department of Justice reports she also saved receipts of her own expenses, including for restaurant meals, groceries, utilities and rent, and tried to pass them off as proof of her sister's expenses.
Citing the nature and circumstances of the offense, including the fact that Boutros committed the offense within months of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon sentenced Boutros to four months in custody.
She was also ordered to pay more than $142,000 in restitution to the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for SSI and Medicaid benefits fraudulently obtained by her and other family members.
Boutros' brother, Jason Boutros, was sentenced to six months in jail in March in relation to this case.
Two family members charged in the indictment remain fugitives.
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