A Standish woman who concealed her marriage from federal authorities so she could continue collecting nearly $20,000 in Social Security benefits was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to three years of probation.

Marie Angel Michaud, 43, who collected the benefits under her maiden name of Marie Angel Broad, also was ordered by Judge Jon Levy to pay restitution and fees totaling $20,078.

Michaud began receiving supplemental security income in 2002, for being disabled and poor, and collected the money legally until 2010, when she married Richard Michaud in Massachusetts. She failed to report the marriage to the Social Security Administration, according to a prosecution document filed with the court.

Although Michaud and her husband moved to a cabin in Standish in 2011, she declared in signed federal documents under penalty of perjury that she lived alone, Assistant U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank wrote in the document.

Michaud admitted to federal agents in 2013 that she hid her marriage to avoid losing her Social Security benefits, according to court documents.

She pleaded guilty April 22 to Social Security fraud after waiving her right to have the case against her presented to a federal grand jury.

 


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