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London couple indicted on charges of Social Security fraud

A London couple was indicted Wednesday on charges that they illegally received more than $100,000 in Social Security benefits for 25 years.

Hazel and Angelo Middleton were indicted by a federal grand jury in London on charges related to Social Security fraud. Hazel Middleton, 64, was indicted for theft of government property and two counts of Social Security fraud. Angelo Middleton, 64, was indicted on charges of Social Security fraud and making false statements to representatives of the Social Security Administration, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

The couple's daughter, Laponza Gross, 44, was indicted for making false statements to Social Security officials.

According to the indictment, from 1985 until September 2010, the Middletons concealed facts from authorities, and Hazel Middleton illegally obtained $124,618.75 worth of Social Security Income.

The indictment alleges that Hazel and Angelo Middleton filled out SSI documents saying they had separated, but they lived together the entire time that Hazel received SSI payments.

A date for their appearance in federal court has not been set. If convicted, the defendants could face up to five years in prison.

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