Lancaster woman Charged With defrauding social security
An information was filed today charging Maria Rodano, 61, of Lancaster, PA, with one count of theft of government funds in connection with her alleged scheme to collect Social Security Administration Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance benefits intended for her grandmother, after her grandmother’s death, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. According to the Information, the defendant failed to report her grandmother’s death to the Social Security Administration in order to collect her grandmother’s benefits. Additionally, the information alleges that Ms. Rodano failed to report that she received this income when she applied for Supplemental Security Income benefits for herself. The alleged loss to the government is $86,778.
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years imprisonment; 3
years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, restitution of $86,778, and a $100 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Amanda R. Reinitz.
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