Woman indicted after allegedly lying to Social Security about illnesses

by Matthew Perenchio | Editor

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A federal grant jury indicted a Black River Falls woman last week after she allegedly told the Social Security Administration she had a number of illnesses and up to a year to live in order to collect disability benefits.

Lisa Marie Miller, 32, was charged June 3 with two counts of making false statements to the Social Security Administration. A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin sitting in Madison returned the indictment.

If convicted, Miller faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

According to the indictment, Miller applied for Social Security disability benefits online on Oct. 30, 2008, and falsely stated she suffered from breast cancer, diabetes, kidney disease and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Four days later, as part of the process to complete her Supplemental Security Income application, Miller reportedly stated her doctors told her she only had eight months to a year to live.

The charges against Miller were the result of an investigation conducted by the Social Security Administration.

The case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil.

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