CINCINNATI – A Cincinnati woman who filed for and was denied bankruptcy seven times has been sentenced in federal court to 17 months in prison for abusing another person’s social security number. After pleading guilty to using another person’s SSN to file an eighth bankruptcy petition, the defendant lied to the probation office saying she was a veteran and provided a false address before filing for bankruptcy. failing to attend the originally scheduled sentencing hearing.
Nicole Ball, 49, was arrested in October 2021 by United States Marshals after failing to appear in court.
According to court documents, from 2013 to 2016, Ball filed for Wisconsin Bankruptcy in the Southern District of Ohio using his real SSN. Each case was dismissed, and in February 2017 the bankruptcy court ordered the defendant not to file a case for at least three years.
In March 2019, Ball illegally used another person’s SSN to file for bankruptcy again.
She pleaded guilty in March 2021 to SSN abuse.
After her guilty plea, Ball provided false information to the federal probation office, including claiming that she served in the U.S. military when she had not, and providing the office with an address in a street that does not exist.
Ball also used the names of Nicole Whitaker, Nicole Woodell, Nicole Spivey, and Nicole Whitaker-Spivey.
Vipal J. Patel, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, praised the investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration, the United States Marshals, the Office of the Inspector General of the Ministry of Defense and the Office of the Inspector General of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs. United States Special Assistant Attorney Timothy Landry is representing the United States in this case.
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