From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio:
A federal grand jury indicted a North Royalton man for credit card and Social Security fraud, said David A. Sierleja, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Gregory Kasperski, 32, was indicted on one count of theft of government funds and two counts of using an unauthorized access device.
Kasperski fraudulently received approximately $30,000 in Title II Survivors Insurance benefits from the Social Security Administration to which he was not entitled. Kasperski also fraudulently used two credit cards without authorization to acquire approximately $16,000 in goods and services from various entities, according to the indictment.
The Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General conducted the investigation. Special Assistant United States Attorney Lisa J. Sanniti is prosecuting the case.
If convicted, the court will determine the defendant’s sentence after a review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum. In most cases, it will be less than the maximum.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.