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EASTON COUPLE CHARGED IN FEDERAL COURT FOR SOCIAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC HOUSING BENEFITS FRAUD

THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - An Easton couple were indicted today for defrauding the Social Security Administration and Department of Housing and Urban Development.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Diane DeChellis, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of the Inspector General, and Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Office of Inspector General, Social Security Administration, Office of Investigations-Boston Field Division, announced today that KONRAD SEISL, 59, and ANGIE QUIROZ, 47, have been indicted by a federal grand jury with theft of Social Security and Public Housing benefits.

According to the Indictment, SEISL had been receiving Social Security Disability benefit payments to which he knew he was not entitled since November 2006. Similarly, QUIROZ had been receiving Social Security Income benefits to which she knew she was not entitled between March 2007 and May 2010. The Indictment further alleges that between June 2007 and December 2009 both SEISL and QUIROZ received and conspired to receive Public Housing benefits to which they knew they were not entitled.

If convicted, both SEISL and QUIROZ face up to 10 years of imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General (OIG), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, OIG. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maxim Grinberg of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the Indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 


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