From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania:
PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Baden, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on a charge of theft of government funds, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The one-count Indictment named Kristian Kirkland, age 35, as the sole defendant.
According to the Indictment, from April 2016 to October 2017, Kirkland converted to her own use over $1,000 in Supplemental Security Income benefits belonging to a deceased beneficiary.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a fine of not more than $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 Yvonne M. Saadi is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, and the United States Postal Inspection Service 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.