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Woman pleads guilty to embezzling $25,716 in Social Security benefits

March 6, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a former employee of a company
responsible for serving Social Security beneficiaries pleaded guilty to stealing approximately
$25,716 in Social Security benefits from three of the company’s clients. Tiffannie Ollila, age
28, no known address, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government money. Ollila, who
was indicted on January 19, 2012, entered her plea before United States District Court Judge
David S. Doty.

In her plea agreement, Ollila admitted that from June 20 to October 21, 2008, she
embezzled the money, which had come into her possession by virtue of her employment as a
representative payee for the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). In addition, Ollila
admittedly wrote checks to herself and also used “electronic bill pay” to pay her personal bills
from client accounts. The company that formerly employed her is located in Itasca County.

For her crime, Ollila faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison. Judge Doty
will determine her sentence at a future hearing. This case is the result of an investigation by the
SSA’s Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly
M. Hare.

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