Michele V. Delaine, 54, formerly of Shaker Heights, Ohio, convicted on two counts of theft of government funds
Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced that Michele V. Delaine, 54, formerly of Shaker Heights, Ohio, was sentenced today to 18 months in prison following her conviction on two counts of theft of government funds in U.S. District Court in Akron, Ohio.
Delaine was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $31,694 to the Social Security Administration, and $57,619.71 to the Office of Personnel Management.
On October 13, 2011, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment charging Michele Delaine with two counts of theft of government funds. The indictment charged that between May 2006 and November of 2009, Delaine knowingly embezzled and converted to her own use, $31,694.00 in Social Security benefits and $57,619.00 in Civil Service Retirement System benefits paid to Albert Smith, a retired NASA scientist, who died in April 2006.
The evidence admitted at the trial established that following Mr. Smith’s death in April 2006, Social Security benefits and Civil Service retirement benefits continued to be deposited into Ms. Delaine’s bank account for nearly four years, that Delaine failed to notify OPM and Social Security Administration of Mr. Smith’s death in 2006, and that Delaine illegally converted $89,313.71 of government funds to her own use.
On November 30, 2011, a federal trial jury in Akron, Ohio, returned guilty verdicts on both counts of the indictment following a three day trial before U.S. District Judge David D. Dowd.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Kern and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason M. Katz following an investigation by the United States Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, the Office of Personnel Management Office of Inspector General and the United States Secret Service.