Powell County woman admits concealing information to collect benefits

bestep@herald-leader.comMay 16, 2012 

A Powell County woman admitted she concealed an insurance settlement of more than $356,000 in order to get federal and state benefits intended for poor people, according to court documents.

Pamela Sue Helton also did not disclose that she owned and worked at Bruen's Restaurant in Stanton, according to the charges in her case.

Helton pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Lexington to embezzling money from the Social Security Administration and to concealing information when applying for benefits.

According to the charges in her case, Helton was approved in 2006 to get Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid after providing incorrect information about her income, work and resources.

SSI is a federal program for disabled people who have little or no income and resources.

From September 2006 to September 2011, Helton received a total of $125,635 in income and health benefits she wasn't entitled to, according to charges against her.

Helton faces up to 10 years in prison. She is to be sentenced in August.

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