Oklahoma Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Funds

Date: 
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Office Affiliation: 

Press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Oklahoma, here

Additional news story from Ardmoreite.com here

Muskogee, Oklahoma - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that ALLISON FAITH BATTLES, age 29, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Making A False Statement, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(2) and Theft Of Government Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General. The defendant was indicted in January, 2014.

The Indictment alleged that on or about February 16, 2012, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Defendant did knowingly make and cause to be made a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and representation in a matter within the jurisdiction of the Social Security Administration, an agency of the United States.

It further alleged that from in or about July 2009 to in or about April 2012, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Defendant did willfully and knowingly embezzle, steal and convert to her own use, money and things of value from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, an agency receiving and administering funds on behalf of the United States, which had been paid to the defendant as food stamps and medical benefits to which the defendant knew she was not entitled and having a value in excess of $1,000.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion.

The statutory range of punishment is not more than 10 years imprisonment and/or up to a $250,000.00 fine.

Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.