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Pittsburgh Resident Sentenced to Two Years’ Probation and a Restitution Amount of $109,413.90 for Conviction of Theft of Government Property

August 24, 2023

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to two years’ probation and a restitution amount of $109,413.90 on her conviction of theft of government property, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

United States District Judge David Stewart Cercone imposed the sentence on Jacqueline Waters (age 59), of Pittsburgh, PA. The conditions of probation included that Waters serve the first six months in a community confinement center, followed by another six months of home confinement.

According to information presented to the court, from June 2004 through July 2018, Waters concealed a common law marriage that would have affected her continued eligibility for Social Security Income benefits.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Cercone stated that given Waters various health conditions, the nature of the offense, and her criminal history, a two-year term of probation with community confinement and home detention was sufficient but not greater than necessary.

United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan and Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Olshan commended the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Waters.

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