Hays woman pleads guilty to fraud

A Hays woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $104,000 in government funds from Social Security and Medicaid, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.Earlyne C. Weigel

Earlyne C. Weigel, 57, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government money.

In her plea, she admitted that in March 2003 she began receiving benefits from Social Security.  Her benefits were adjusted to take into account her household income, including income from her husband.

In 2005, she went to the Social Security field office in Hays, and falsely reported that she no longer lived with her husband.  As a result, from 2004 to 2010 she received more than $43,473 in Supplemental Security Income benefits to which she was not entitled.

In November 2008, investigators interviewed her husband, who told them that he and his wife had never lived apart while married.

Weigel also applied for and received Medicaid coverage beginning in 2004.  Her Medicaid coverage was contingent on her eligibility for Supplemental Security Income benefits.  From 2004 to 2010 she fraudulently received more than $60,919 in Medicaid benefits.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 9.

Weigel faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

  • Fire Fox

    Way to go we need to catch more dead beats that lie, steal, and cheat.

  • BobOil

    She don’t look happy in that picture…

  • disgusted

    She will prolly’ just get a god damn slap on the wrist…. ugh hays pd and the judicial system they won’t do much im sure

    • Curious

      Disgusted, she already plead guilty and she was prosecuted by the US Attorney’s office in Wichita… looking at federal time. Judge will decide prison term on Dec. 9, but if past KS fraud cases are any indicator she’ll be turning 65 in federal prison. I wonder why she began drawing Social Security at age 47, back in 2003….no doubt, some trumped up disability BS.

      • gskeers

        uuuuh Hays post said 57 but she looks older than that i wonder if she lied about that too

  • Ticked off citizen

    This ticks me off and sickens me. This system was made to help HONEST people, not people like this who cheat and lie. Total disgrace and shameful!!

  • gskeers

    she looked older than 57

  • WeeTodd

    First, we the taxpayers had to pay for her BS social security, SSI, food stamps, and Medicaid claim for the last 10+ years, and now we have to foot the bill for three hots and a cot per day for the next 10+ years. Sounds more like a vacation than a sentence to me.