Payette woman placed on probation for Social Security fraud

For nearly three years, Silvia Gonzalez Gonzalez went to a check cashing business in Caldwell to cash a monthly Social Security check.

The problem was the money wasn’t hers. It was meant for her father, but he wasn’t able to collect since he died in November 2011.

The Social Security administration wasn’t happy when it learned Gonzalez kept $11,385 that didn’t belong to her.

On Tuesday, Gonzalez, 36, was sentenced to one year of probation during a hearing before Magistrate Candy Dale in federal court in Boise.

She had faced up to a year in prison.

Gonzalez pleaded guilty in February to theft of government funds.

The government is seeking repayment of the stolen money.