On January 14, 2010, Rosa Talbert (Maze), 58, of Kenna, appeared before the Honorable Judge John Copenhaver for a sentencing hearing in US District Court, Southern District of WV, Charleston.


On January 14, 2010, Rosa Talbert (Maze), 58, of Kenna, appeared before the Honorable Judge John Copenhaver for a sentencing hearing in US District Court, Southern District of WV, Charleston. Talbert was sentenced to one day incarceration, three months community confinement, nine months home confinement and three years supervised release. Talbert was also ordered to make restitution to the SSA in the amount of $33,817 and pay a $200 special assessment fee.

On October 14, 2009, Talbert pleaded guilty to a two-count information that charged her as follows: Count One - Title 42, US Code, Section 1383a (a) (3) - SSA fraud and Count Two - Title 21, US Code, Section 841 (a) (1) - Distribution of Oxycodone.

This fraud investigation case was opened because Supplemental Security Income recipient Rosa Talbert contacted the Social Security Administration (SSA) in March 2005 to submit proof that she was divorced from her husband and no longer receiving Veteran’s Administration (VA) benefits on her spouse’s VA record. At this time, Talbert submitted a divorce decree to the SSA. Upon review of this decree, the SSA noticed that Talbert’s separation date was listed as July, 2003. This did not agree with Talbert’s SSI record as she had reported to the SSA that they separated in 1995. The SSA verified the separation date with the Family Court and also contacted Talbert’s landlord and confirmed that the Talbert’s did not separate until 2003.

The SSA/OIG investigation revealed through interviews with Talbert, her ex-husband and neighbors in the community, that she lived with her husband from September, 1995 to July, 2003.

Talbert was never separated from her husband during this time period as she had reported to the SSA. The SSA determined that Talbert was overpaid during this period in the amount of $33,817.
Count Two of the Information was related to a drug violation that was a result of a separate investigation not associated with SSA/OIG/OI.  Since the two violations were federal in nature, they were combined into one charging document.

Assistant US Attorney Karen Shommer of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of WV, Charleston, WV, prosecuted this case.