There are few bigger a-holes in the world than those who steal from the helpless. Rachel Woodall (pic unavailable) is one such person, and what makes her case even worse is the fact she chose her own sister as the target. Woodall’s sibling, according to the News Journal, is intellectually disabled. As such, she is entitled to Social Security benefits. Knowing that, Woodall reportedly took over $145,000 from her sis for personal use.
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The Wilmington, Del., woman was tried and convicted by her state’s arm of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. After numerous large withdrawals, the SSA launched an investigation and found that in one 48-hour period during 2014, there had been more than $100,000 in withdrawals. After kicking a few more tires, they found the abuse to be more extensive. For example, there was a $25,000 check Woodall had written to her business after which she withdrew the money. Another, for $51,000, she deposited in her personal bank account. Due to the infractions, prosecutors recommended a sentence of one year in prison.
This is where her defense really grew a set of stones. They pleaded for leniency, arguing that the woman’s sister would suffer if she was away from her that long. As if being fleeced by the person who’s supposed to be caring for you isn’t suffering enough!
U.S. District Judge Richard G. Andrews, presumably after talking himself out of gaveling Woodall over the head, sentenced her to the full one year in prison, plus, like a boss, one additional day on top of that. He also ordered full restitution, so Woodall will have a year to think of how she’s going to come up with the $145 g’s.
U.S. Atty. Chales Oberly put it best. “This was an ongoing abuse of trust, in which Ms. Woodall took advantage of her position of power over her disabled sister. We take crimes victimizing the disabled very seriously, and they should be punished accordingly.” Woodall probably should have read this before taking the responsibility.
Should you soon find yourself in the care of someone receiving benefits, and they are unable to take care of themselves, let this be a cautionary tale (though it shouldn’t have to be, people).
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