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Binghamton Woman Charged with Social Security Fraud Related to her Theft of Benefits Intended for a Minor

May 23, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Loretta Washington, 59, of Binghamton, New York, was arraigned today on a federal indictment charging her with 38 counts of social security fraud, United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Bradley Parker, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General (SSA-OIG), New York Field Office announced.

According to the indictment, Washington had applied for and was receiving the social security benefits for a minor as her representative-payee. A representative-payee is a person or organization selected by the SSA to receive benefits on behalf of a beneficiary who is unable to manage their payments. Washington is accused of stealing over $25,000 in social security benefits intended for a minor between October 2018 and November 2021.

The charges filed against Washington carry a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to three years. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General (SSA-OIG) is investigating the case and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Tuck is prosecuting the case.

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