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ST. ALBANS WOMAN CHARGED WITH STEALING SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS

Charleston, W. Va. -  A federal grand jury in Charleston, West Virginia, has returned a single count indictment against Regina Ancion, age 64, of St. Albans, West Virginia for theft of government money.  The indictment alleges that Ancion forged social security checks made out to a deceased relative between November of 2006 and November of 2013, with a total loss to the government of more than $80,000.  If convicted, Ancion faces a maximum penalty of ten years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and an order to pay restitution.

The Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General conducted the investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Erik S. Goes is in charge of the prosecution.

Note:  The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. 

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