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Pennsylvania Man Charged with $72,000 Supplemental Security Income Fraud

August 15, 2018

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania:

PITTSBURGH, PA – An Allegheny County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of theft of government funds, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on August 14, named Louis A. Impell, age 55, of Pittsburgh, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, during the period from August 2009 through June 2018, Impell received and converted approximately $72,186.78 in Supplemental Security Income benefits to which he knew he was not entitled. Impell failed to disclose income to the Social Security Administration (SSA) while receiving benefits from the SSA.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.<p align="left"> From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania: </p>

PITTSBURGH, PA – An Allegheny County resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of theft of government funds, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on August 14, named Louis A. Impell, age 55, of Pittsburgh, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, during the period from August 2009 through June 2018, Impell received and converted approximately $72,186.78 in Supplemental Security Income benefits to which he knew he was not entitled. Impell failed to disclose income to the Social Security Administration (SSA) while receiving benefits from the SSA.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Mary McKeen Houghton is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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