Crime

Four members of London family are accused of Social Security fraud

Four members of a London family have been charged with one count each of possession of a forged instrument, identity theft, and theft of a U.S. Treasury check over $500, according to the Kentucky attorney general's office.

On April 13, investigators with the attorney general's office and the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General arrested Barbara Sands, 44, Versie Partain, 47, and their daughters Amy Partain, 24, and Melinda Partain, 21.

The arrests came after a search warrant was executed at the residence of the four family members April 12.

In January, the Corbin Social Security Administration office reported suspected fraud during a disability review of Barbara Sands.

During an investigation of the report, Eric Partain, son of Sands and Versie Partain, died. A day after Eric Partain's March 29 death, Sands and her two daughters allegedly forged and cashed a Supplemental Security Income check issued to Eric Partain, the attorney general's office said.

The four family members entered not-guilty pleas in Laurel District Court this week.

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