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Prison Escapee Charged with Collecting Social Security Benefits Under Assumed Name

June 27, 2017

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

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

William Lewis, 90, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged by Indictment, unsealed today, with two counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of government funds, and one count of Social Security fraud, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. According to the Indictment, the defendant escaped from prison in Maryland in 1970 and has lived under an assumed name ever since. During the defendant’s time as an escapee, he collected Social Security benefits in violation of Social Security regulations. The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $457,771.20.

If convicted, defendant William Lewis faces a sentence of incarceration, a period of supervised release, full restitution to the government of $457,771.20, a fine, and a special assessment.

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

 

William Lewis, 90, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged by Indictment, unsealed today, with two counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of government funds, and one count of Social Security fraud, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. According to the Indictment, the defendant escaped from prison in Maryland in 1970 and has lived under an assumed name ever since. During the defendant’s time as an escapee, he collected Social Security benefits in violation of Social Security regulations. The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $457,771.20.

If convicted, defendant William Lewis faces a sentence of incarceration, a period of supervised release, full restitution to the government of $457,771.20, a fine, and a special assessment.

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

 

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