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Munhall Woman Pleads Guilty To Misuse Of A Social Security Number

July 29, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Allegheny County pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of misuse of a Social Security number, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Nicole D. Helvy, 42, pleaded guilty to one count before Chief United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Helvy, on Sept. 15, 2005, filed a successive bankruptcy petition with the Clerk of the United States Bankruptcy Court using the Social Security number assigned to another person.

Judge Lancaster scheduled sentencing for Dec. 2, 2011, at 9:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of five 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 Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of the Office of the Bankruptcy Trustee, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Helvy.

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