By David Zapata –
On Friday at the U.S. District Court in Worcester, Rhonda Bernal, 62, of Fitchburg pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of public funds and two counts of making false statements.
For more than eight years, Bernal stole $71,462 in Social Security benefits, $6,444 in MassHealth benefits and $13,505 in SNAP benefits.
In February 2015, Bernal falsely informed the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance that she was the only person in her household when, in fact, she was living with her husband.
In April 2016, Bernal falsely told Social Security that she and a relative, who was not her husband, were the only members of her household.
U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman scheduled Bernal to be sentenced on April 5, 2021.