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Former Floyd County Mayor And Daughter Convicted Of Social Security Fraud

Reported: Feb. 26, 2014 2:49 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 26, 2014 3:13 PM EST
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LONDON, Ky. (Tiersa Davis) -- A former mayor of Floyd County and her daughter were found guilty in federal court of Social Security fraud.

Ruth Thomasine Robinson, 69, and her daughter, Rita Christine Whicker, 42, were found guilty on Tuesday, U.S. District Attorney Kerry Harvey said. Robinson was the former mayor of the city of Martin, and Whicker was the former director of the Martin Community Center.

The jury took two hours to deliberate after a two-day trial and convicted the two on charges of conspiracy, federal program fraud, theft of Social Security disability benefits and aggravated identity theft.

Ginger Michelle Halbert, 42, pleaded guilty last week to a charge of theft of government money. Halbert was a city employee that worked with Robinson.

Prosecutors said Halbert was working on a volunteer basis but was secretly being paid with federal funds by Robinson and Whicker from 2006 until January 2013. Prosecutors said they would conceal the scheme by allegedly make checks payable to Halbert's son. Prosecutors said Halbert also was receiving Social Security benefits and failed to notify the federal program of her earned income from the city of Martin.

Sentencing for Robinson and Whicker is scheduled for July.



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