From the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts:
BOSTON – A Sharon woman was arrested today and charged in federal court in Boston with stealing Social Security benefits intended for her children.
Stacey Orlando, 59, was indicted on two counts of theft of public funds. She is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Jennifer C. Boal today at 2:15PM.
According to the indictment that was unsealed today, from May 2011 through October 2013, Orlando stole approximately $35,716 in Social Security benefits that were paid to her on behalf of her two children.
The charge of theft of public funds provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Burzycki of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.
The details contained in the charging document are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in the court of law.