Louisiana Woman Pleads Guilty to $297,000 Deceased Payee Fraud

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana:


Acting U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that PAMELA THOMPSON, age 63, of Algiers, pled guilty last week to Theft of Government Funds.


According to court records, THOMPSON had continued to receive her mother’s Social Security Administration (“SSA”) benefits after her mother had died in 2008.  SSA determined that the $2,973.20 of monthly benefits of THOMPSON’s mother were deposited directly into her bank account.  The investigation revealed that THOMPSON had access to her mother’s account and spent $297,325.70 in SSA benefits that were intended for her mother.  


THOMPSON faces a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment, followed by up to three years of supervised release, and a $250,000.00 fine.  Sentencing by U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman is scheduled for February 28, 2018. 


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