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Pittsburgh Woman Charged With Converting Social Security Benefits To Her Own Use

January 18, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of conversion of Social Security benefits and theft of government property, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count indictment named Lisa Ann Gray, 42.

According to the indictment, Gray stole more than $100,000 in government funds by converting to her own use Social Security Administration payments designated for the benefit of minor children.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison on the theft count and five years in prison on the Social Security conversion count, a fine of $250,000 on each count, 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 Leo M. Dillon is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Social Security Administration, Office of 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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