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Pennsylvania Woman Charged with Representative Payee Fraud

September 27, 2018

Office Affiliation: The Office of Investigations

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

PITTSBURGH - A resident of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of Social Security representative payee misuse, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on September 26, named Season Fuehrer, 43, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, from in and around January 2017, and continuing thereafter to in and around December 2017, Fuehrer, having filed an application for Social Security disability insurance benefits on behalf of a minor child, received and converted $16,094 in benefits to her own use.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 5 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 offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Charles A. Eberle 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 - A resident of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of Social Security representative payee misuse, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on September 26, named Season Fuehrer, 43, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, from in and around January 2017, and continuing thereafter to in and around December 2017, Fuehrer, having filed an application for Social Security disability insurance benefits on behalf of a minor child, received and converted $16,094 in benefits to her own use.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 5 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 offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Charles A. Eberle 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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