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theft and fraud charges filed against Canton woman accused of illegally getting social security

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2013

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced that a grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Lisa J. Music, 54, of Canton, with one count of theft of government property and one count of Social Security fraud.

The indictment alleges that Music stole and converted to her own use, approximately $37,390 in Social Security payments made to her that she was not entitled to receive.

The indictment further alleges that Music concealed and failed to disclose her marriage to her second husband in order to continue to receive Social Security payments.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Bell, following investigation by agents of the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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