Exeter resident pleads guilty to Social Security fraud – Fosters.

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The problem with SSI is that any income and assets you receive over the allowable limits, which are not much, will reduce your benefits.
In addition, you must tell Social Security about what you have. This is where the criminal part comes in. If you disclose and Social Security keeps paying you, then you have an overpayment situation. But not a criminal problem. Once you fail to disclose, then you are in dangerous territory.