A school aide from Great Kills scammed Social Security for so long with a false identity that, eventually, she got old enough to retire herself, prosecutors say.
Audrey Mann, 68, of Amboy Road, is charged with drawing $219,309 in illegal Social Security disability over the course of 37 years, according to the Staten Island Advance.
Prosecutors say that, from 1974 until last February, Mann had been drawing about $500 a month using a fake name and a functional Social Security number. She allegedly first obtained that number back in 1959, when she was 16.
A law enforcement source told the Advance that Mann deposited the money into a bank account under a relative’s address. When authorities matched that address to one that Mann had given them, the problem came to light, the source said.
But Mann’s lawyer, Mario F. Gallucci, told the Advance the whole thing is a big misunderstanding.
“I believe it will be resolved imminently with Ms. Mann paying back the excess disability benefits she received,” he told the Advance.
If that means paying back $219,309, both she and her allegedly fake identity may have to go back to work.