LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – An Appomattox woman pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this week after she reportedly lied about her living arrangements to qualify for more than $30,000 in government benefits.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) says 38-year-old Amanda Nicole Mann waived her right to be indicted and entered a guilty plea to a “one-count Information charging her with theft of government money.”

According to court documents, Mann lied to the Social Security Administration (SSA) in 2018, saying her husband had not lived in her home for the past year. By reporting a change in their living situation, Mann and her son became eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

As a result, Mann received $31,578 in SSI payments that she would not have been entitled to receive if the SSA knew her husband was still living in the home, officials say.

At her sentencing, Mann reportedly faces a maximum statutory penalty of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $250,000.

The SSA Office of the Inspector General’s Office of Investigations is investigating the case, which is being being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charlene R. Day, according to the DOJ.