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philadelphia woman charged With theft of government funds

September 14, 2012


Sharman Long, 52, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was charged today by Information with one count of theft of government funds, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. The charge results from Ms. Long’s allegedly improper receipt of approximately $208,505.40 in government benefit payments that she was not entitled to receive. Ms. Long allegedly concealed her marriage and work activity from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Social Security Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare, in order to receive governmental assistance to which she was not entitled.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years imprisonment, three years supervised release, a $250,000 fine, restitution of $208,505.40, and a $100 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General, the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, the United States Department of Agriculture Office of the Inspector General, and the Philadelphia Housing Authority Office of Audit and Compliance. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Amanda R. Reinitz.

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