Pennsylvania Woman Defrauded Social Security of Nearly $150,000 in Benefit Payments

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
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From the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania:

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A resident of Osceola Mills, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of conversion of government funds, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Maryann Bowes-Dailey, 56, pleaded guilty to the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, from June 1, 2001 to Feb. 28, 2013, Bowes-Dailey did receive and convert falsely to her own use a total of $149,520.41, which represents 416 separate Social Security Administration benefit payments made to her to which she was not entitled.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Feb. 18, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.  The law provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Maureen Sheehan-Balchon is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Bowes-Dailey.