From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania:
Jaritza Torres, 32, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was charged by Information with one count of theft of government funds, announced United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. According to the Information, the defendant received Social Security benefits intended for her minor child, after the child began living with another relative. The defendant is also alleged to have falsely reported to the Social Security Administration that her child remained in her care after the child had moved. The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $26,885.
If convicted, the defendant faces a substantial period of incarceration, a 3‑year period of supervised release, restitution to the government of $26,885, a fine of up to $250,000, and a $100 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amanda R. Reinitz.