PORTLAND — A Waldoboro woman pleaded guilty Wednesday, March 30, in federal court to stealing $113,000 in Social Security money aimed at people with limited income who are elderly or disabled, according to a press release.

Deborah L. Moore, 68, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Portland before Judge Jon Levy to Social Security Supplemental Income fraud, and theft of public money.

She was indicted in September 2021 and remains free on bail conditions.

Moore faces up to five years in prison on the Social Security fraud charge, up to 10 years in prison on the theft charge, a fine of up to $250,000 on both charges, and up to three years of supervised release. She will be sentenced after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

According to court records, from about July 2005 through April 2019, Moore concealed the presence of her husband in her household to maintain her eligibility to receive benefit payments. Moore’s husband had sufficient income to render her ineligible for the benefits she received.

In multiple reviews of her eligibility for benefits, Moore falsely represented to the Social Security Administration she and her husband separated in July 2005 and lived separately since that time. At a later interview with law enforcement agents, Moore admitted to concealing her living situation from the Social Security Administration because she knew it would make her ineligible to receive SSI.

Court records also stated Moore applied in 2004 but was rejected based on her husband’s income. The agency learned of the fraud when her husband applied for disability aid and listed the same address as Moore.

The investigation was conducted by SSA’s Office of the Inspector General.

U.S. Attorney Darcie McElwee and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeanne Semivan are listed as the prosecutors in the case.