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Pittsburgh Woman Charged With Stealing Social Security Funds, Submitting False Documents To The Government

May 18, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of theft of government property and submitting false writings or documents to the government, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The four‑count indictment, returned on May 17, 2011, named Sonya Lee McIntyre, a/k/a Sonya Aluise, 34, as the sole defendant.

According to indictment, McIntyre did knowingly steal and convert to her own use money, in excess of $1,000, belonging to the Social Security Administration.  The indictment further charges that McIntyre knowingly submitted false documents to the government on three occasions.

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 Lee J. Karl is prosecuting this case on behalf of the United States.

Special Agent Patrick S. Donnelly of the Social Security Administration conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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

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