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Blair County Woman Admits Converting Government Benefit Checks To Her Own Use

July 20, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Hollidaysburg, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conversion of government property, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Jennifer L. Lingenfelter, 29, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from June 1, to Dec. 30, 2004, Lingenfelter converted to her own use eight Social Security Supplemental Security Income benefit payments, totaling $4,718.80, issued to her on behalf of her son after his death.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Dec. 7, 2011, at 11:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Social Security Administration/Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Lingenfelter.

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