Woman accused of taking $50K from children's benefits

An investigative report compiled by the U.S. Social Security Administration led Wilton police to a Wilton woman accused of taking approximately $50,000 from her two minor children’s Social Security benefits.

Police said they used information in the report, compiled by Special Agent Stephen Brown of the SSA office of the inspector general, to pursue a warrant for the arrest of Jane Powell, 56, of 25 River Road.

They said Powell “misrepresented” herself in order to take approximately $25,000 from each of her two children’s benefits.

The warrant was issued by Stamford Judicial Court. Powell, charged with two counts of first-degree larceny and two counts of first-degree forgery — one count for each child — surrendered to Wilton police on Feb. 23 at around 7 a.m.

She was held on $50,000 bond and was to be arraigned later that day at Norwalk Superior Court.