Defendant pleads guilty, awaits sentencing.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that Heather Rae Helton, 40, of Wilburton, pled guilty to Making A False Statement,.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General. The defendant was indicted in August, 2013.

The indictment alleged that on or about September 25, 2011, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant did knowingly make and cause to be made a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation in a matter within the jurisdiction of the Social Security Administration, an agency of the United States.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion.

The statutory range of punishment is not more than 5 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000.00 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.