A Lancaster County woman is indicted for Social Security fraud and threatening a federal employee. The federal indictment alleges Debra Lightfoot, 57, of Lititz, who is also known as A.T.B. falsely applied for the Disability Insurance Benefit in July 1989 under her true name and Social Security number. In filing for the benefit, Lightfoot claimed that she was disabled and unable to work. She was approved and began receiving DIB benefits retroactively from July 1988. Court papers also say that Lightfoot purchased her home in Lititz in July 2006.
The indictment alleges, Lightfoot concealed the fact that from October 1998 through May 3, 2013, she had a job under the name and Social Security number of an individual identified as “A.T.B.” She did not report this work activity to the SSA.
From October 1999 through May 3, 2013, Lightfoot received approximately $137,665 in DIB payments that she was not entitled to receive. Her scheme began to unravel in January 2012, when she applied for a job at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, New York, while she continued to live in Lititz.
The indictment also alleges Lightfoot threaten to kill a Social Security Administration employee over the phone after her DIB benefit had been discontinued. She was arrest on October 7, 2013.
Charges Lightfoot include 11 counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of government funds, two counts of Social Security Fraud and one count of Aggravated Identity Theft. If convicted she faces a maximum sentence of 248 years in prison, three years of probation, restitution of all money and a $1,623 special assessment.