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Pennsylvania Couple Sentenced to Prison for $68,000 Deceased Payee Fraud

January 22, 2016

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania:

PHILADELPHIA - Roger White, 58, and Audria White-Nunnally, 61, both of New Hope, Pennsylvania, were sentenced today for stealing the Social Security benefits of Roger White’s deceased relative. Roger White was sentenced to eight months in prison; his wife was sentenced to nine months in prison.  Each was also ordered to complete three years of supervised release and to pay $68,462 in restitution. 

The defendants pleaded guilty in October of 2015 to one count of conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud, and one count of theft of government funds.  In addition to these charges, Audria White-Nunnally was also charged with two counts of making false statements to federal agents.  The defendants admitted to stealing retirement benefits intended for a deceased relative of Roger White, after his relative’s death in December 1998.  The defendants’ actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $68,462. The defendants also admitted that during the investigation they placed an elderly relative in the attic of their New Hope, PA home in an attempt to convince Social Security Administration employees that she was Roger White’s deceased relative.             

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, and was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher E. Parisi.

PHILADELPHIA - Roger White, 58, and Audria White-Nunnally, 61, both of New Hope, Pennsylvania, were sentenced today for stealing the Social Security benefits of Roger White’s deceased relative. Roger White was sentenced to eight months in prison; his wife was sentenced to nine months in prison.  Each was also ordered to complete three years of supervised release and to pay $68,462 in restitution. 

The defendants pleaded guilty in October of 2015 to one count of conspiracy, three counts of wire fraud, and one count of theft of government funds.  In addition to these charges, Audria White-Nunnally was also charged with two counts of making false statements to federal agents.  The defendants admitted to stealing retirement benefits intended for a deceased relative of Roger White, after his relative’s death in December 1998.  The defendants’ actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $68,462. The defendants also admitted that during the investigation they placed an elderly relative in the attic of their New Hope, PA home in an attempt to convince Social Security Administration employees that she was Roger White’s deceased relative.             

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, and was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Christopher E. Parisi.

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