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Weston Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of social security funds

February 7, 2014

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Susan Schepp, 54, Weston, Wis., pleaded guilty Wednesday, February 5, in U.S. District Court in Madison to theft of government funds from the Social Security Administration from 2003 through 2008. 

U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb scheduled sentencing for May 5, 2014.  Schepp faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

Schepp’s son had been receiving Social Security disability payments when in early 2003, she told him that his payments, which were deposited into a joint account she controlled, were stopping due to the fact he was employed.  Unknown to her son, Schepp continued to receive payments to the account, and then transferred them to her own account.  Schepp never notified the Social Security Administration about her son’s employment status. 

The charge against Schepp was the result of an investigation conducted by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, and the Weston Police Department.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson.


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