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Fayette County Woman Charged With Social Security Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 13, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, April 13, 2010, that Mary Catherine Sapp of Smithfield, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of Social Security fraud.

The one‑count indictment named Sapp, age 31, as sole defendant.

According to the indictment, from in and around September 2002, and continuing thereafter until in and around June 2005, Sapp fraudulently received Social Security benefit payments.

Assistant United States Attorney Scott W. Brady, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of five (5) years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

The Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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