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Pittsburgh Man Charged With Theft Of Supplemental Security Income Benefits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2012

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

The one-count indictment named Douglas Ward, Jr., 37, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, Douglas Ward, Jr. converted to his own use over $1,000 in Supplemental Security Income Benefits from December 2006 through July 2010.

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 offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Special Agent Kenneth Grubb, 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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