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CASPER, Wyo. — A federal judge recently sentenced a 53-year-old Casper woman to one year in jail for committing Social Security fraud.

U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson sentenced Tamela Jean Gimbel on May 22 for two counts of supplemental security income benefits fraud. The judge also ordered Gimbel to serve one year of supervised release and pay a $100 fine.

In addition, Gimbel must pay more than $68,000 in restitution for illegal benefits she received from August 2002 until May 2013.

According to a charging document filed in the U.S. District Court of Wyoming in January, Gimbel concealed her marriage and her husband’s income in order to receive benefit payments.

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Gimbel faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted at a trial, but she pleaded guilty in March as part of a plea deal with state prosecutors.

Her case was investigated by the U.S. Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General.

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