AVONDALE WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO THEFT OF GOVERNMENT FUNDS
ALMA WILLIAMS, age 48, a resident of Avondale, Louisiana, pled guilty in federal court today before U. S. District Judge Stanwood Duval, Jr., to theft of government funds, announced U. S. Attorney Jim Letten.
According to court documents, WILLIAMS received Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (“DIB”) payments to which she knew she was not entitled. WILLIAMS concealed the fact that she was employed. Her monthly income was greater than the threshold amount allowable for an individual who was receiving SSA disability benefits. As a result of her actions, WILLIAMS received a total of $69,453.80 in benefits while she was working and that she knew she was not entitled to these benefits.
WILLIAMS faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten (10) years, a fine of $250,000.00 and three (3) years of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing is set for December 21, 2011.
The case was investigated by the United States Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Loan “Mimi” Nguyen.
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