Woman admits stealing federal funds

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A northwest Kansas woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $104,000 in Social Security and Medicaid funds.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 57-year-old Earlyne Weigel, of Hays, entered the plea Tuesday in federal court.

Weigel began receiving Social Security benefits in 2003, with the payments adjusted to account for her household income. In her plea, she admitted falsely telling officials in 2005 that she no longer lived with her husband. An adjustment to her benefits allowed her to fraudulently receive nearly $44,000.

The adjustment also allowed her to receive nearly $61,000 in Medicaid benefits.

Weigel faces sentencing on Dec. 9.

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