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Aberdeen woman must repay $58K in government benefits

ABERDEEN, S.D. --An Aberdeen woman must make restitution of more than $58,000 for stealing government benefits.

Brianna F. Breaw, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government funds, according to a news release from the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.

She was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison and must make $58,243 in restitution. Here’s how that breaks down, according to the release:

  • $12,361 to the Social Security Administration.
  • $38,746 to South Dakota Medicaid.
  • $4,996 to South Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
  • $2,142 to Iowa Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Breaw originally started receiving Social Security benefits under her previous name, Stephanie Haupt, and her original Social Security number, according to court documents. She received a new Social Security number in August 2014 and legally changed her name in October 2015.

According to court documents, in 2014 the Social Security office failed to update her new Social Security number, and in 2015, when Breaw updated her records, the office maintained the record for Haupt and created a new record for Breaw.

From that point, Breaw worked full-time under her new Social Security number and received benefits under her old number. She also lied about her employment status, income and marital status in the years that followed, according to court documents.