Louisiana Woman Charged with $300,000 Deceased Payee Fraud

Date: 
Friday, August 11, 2017
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana:

Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that PAMELA THOMPSON, age 62, of Algiers, was charged yesterday in a one-count Indictment with Theft of Government Funds.

 

According to the Indictment, THOMPSON had continued to receive her mother’s Social Security Administration (“SSA”) benefits after her mother’s death 2008. SSA determined that the $2,973.20 monthly benefits for THOMPSON’s mother were deposited directly into her bank account. The investigation revealed that THOMPSON had access to her mother’s account and spent $297,325.70 in SSA benefits that were intended for her mother.

 

Acting U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

If convicted, THOPMSON faces a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment, followed by up to three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

 

Acting U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General. Fraud Unit Chief, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba is in charge of the prosecution