Louisiana Man Charged with $32,000 Deceased Payee Fraud

Date: 
Thursday, August 9, 2018
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana:

United States Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that JERRY CAMPBELL (“CAMPBELL”), age 60, of Avondale, Louisiana, was indicted today by a federal grand jury for Theft of Government Funds, in violation of  Title 18, United States Code,  U.S.C., Section 641.

According to the indictment, CAMPBELL’s sister, who had been receiving Social Security Administration (“SSA”) Title XVI Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) disability benefits, died on November 8, 2013.   CAMPBELL was in possession of his late sister’s Chase Bank ATM card and was withdrawing money from her account.  CAMPBELL failed to notify the SSA of his sister’s death and took approximately $32,836.00 in SSI benefits from her Chase Bank account.

U. S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

If convicted, CAMPBELL faces a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment, followed by up to three years of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.                 

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General and the Louisiana State Police.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Fraud Unit Chief, Assistant U. S. Attorney Brian M. Klebba.