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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fresno Woman Sentenced To Prison For Stealing More Than $113,000 In Social Security Benefits


FRESNO, Calif. — Ernedina Madrigal, 78, of Fresno, aka Mary Louise Madrigal, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii to 10 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for stealing money from the Social Security Administration, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Madrigal also was ordered to pay $113,435 in restitution to the Social Security Administration.

According to court documents, in September 1996, Madrigal, using a fraudulently obtained social security number in her sister’s name, applied for and began receiving social security benefits. At that time, Madrigal already had applied for and was receiving social security benefits under her own name and legitimate social security number. Over a 16-year period, Madrigal unlawfully received approximately $113,000 in social security benefits under the illicit social security number.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Baker and Patrick Delahunty prosecuted the case.

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Docket #: 1:13-cr-341 AWI
Updated April 8, 2015