79-year-old woman stole $100K from Social Security

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo woman now admits she stole more than $100,000 from taxpayers by bilking the Social Security Administration.

Follow the death of her first husband in 1992, Bernice Robinson began collecting Social Security benefits as a widow. In 1998, she started receiving additional benefits after applying using a false name and birth certificate.

When her second husband died in 2001, Robinson again began collecting widow benefits. And then in 2010, she began collecting benefits using a false name and social security number.

The 79-year-old could face up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced.

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