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Ann Arbor woman found guilty of assaulting Social Security Administration worker over benefits

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Posted at 4:45 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 16:57:07-04

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) — A 41-year-old Ann Arbor woman was found guilty of an assault on a Social Security Administration worker after she was notified that her disability benefits had changed.

According to a press release, on Aug. 14, 2018, Latasha Long went into a Social Security Administration office in Ann Arbor to discuss issues with her ability to continue receiving disability benefits.

While interviewing with a worker, Long was told that she had reported income on her tax returns that was too high for her to continue receiving benefits. When the employee asked Long to provide additional evidence of her work and income levels for reevaluation, Long began to explain her circumstances, but the employee said that information was not different from what was already recorded.

Long then became angry, according to a release, and began to verbally insult the employee, calling her a "psycho."

When the employee proceeded to stand and close the interview window, Long then hit her in the face with a large binder, grabbed her shirt, then pulled the woman closer to further punch and scratch her.

The worker had bruises and cuts on her face and arms from the incident.

Long faces a maximum eight years in prison for the assault. She'll be sentenced on Nov. 4.