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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 29, 2013

Corning woman sentenced for lying to social security administration

           ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Phyllis Stevens, 51, of Corning, N.Y., who was convicted of making and submitting a false document to the Social Security Administration, was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay $17,468 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who handled the case, stated that Stevens collected disability benefits from the Social Security Administration while she was gainfully employed and ineligible to receive such benefits. The defendant attempted to conceal her employment from the Social Security Administration by submitting a false document stating that she was not working.  As a result, Stevens collected $17,468 in disability benefits that she was not entitled to receive.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Ryan.