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Altoona Man Charged With Converting Ssi Benefits To His Own Use

May 14, 2010

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, May 14, 2010, that on March 16, 2010, Robert R. Gill, Sr., was indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on a charge of conversion of government property.

The one-count indictment, unsealed today following his arrest, named Gill, age 53, formerly of Altoona, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from November 2004 through April 2009 Gill converted to his own use 54 Supplemental Security Income benefit payments totaling $49,840 that he was not entitled to.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 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 Office of Inspector General of the Social Security Administration 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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