Pennsylvania Woman Charged with $83,000 Deceased Payee Fraud

Thursday, February 2, 2017
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania:


SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Loretta Galloway, age 55, of Northumberland, Pennsylvania, was indicted on January 31, 2017, by a federal grand jury for taking her deceased husband’s Social Security benefits.


According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment was unsealed on February 1, 2017, and charges Galloway with taking more than $83,000, over approximately five years, of her deceased husband’s Social Security benefits to pay her bills and other expenses.


The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General. Assistant United States Evan Gotlob is prosecuting the case.