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Centerville Woman Faces Fraud Charges For Using Her Daughter's Federal Benefits

August 17, 2010

ERIE, Pa. ‑ A resident of Centerville, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Erie on charges of theft of government property, false statements and social security fraud, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The four‑count indictment named Susan Lynn Woodcock, 43, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from Sept. 2006 to June 2009, Woodcock, after applying to receive Supplemental Security Income ("SSI") Benefits on her daughter's behalf, knowingly and willfully converted those benefits to her own use. By doing so, Woodcock received payments, valuing approximately $21,576, to which she knew she was not entitled.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 25 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Christine A. Sanner is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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

An indictment or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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