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Los Banos Woman Indicted for Stealing Social Security Benefits

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California

FRESNO, Calif. — Alice Pigg, 63, of Los Banos, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury charging her with stealing benefits paid by the United States Social Security Administration (SSA) and concealing material information from the SSA to obtain benefits, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to the indictment, from December 2008 to June 2014, Pigg stole money paid by the SSA by failing to disclose, despite multiple inquiries from the SSA, that she lived with her husband and shared financial resources with her husband. Pigg shared a bank account that received her husband’s salary, which was at least $140,000 a year during the time period in which Pigg stole money from the SSA, and which later received his pension benefit payments. As a result, Pigg obtained SSA benefits to which she was otherwise not entitled and used them for her own personal expenses.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General. Assistant United States Attorney Patrick R. Delahunty is prosecuting the case.

If convicted of stealing public money, Pigg faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of concealing material information for use in obtaining SSA benefit payments, Pigg faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated November 23, 2015

Financial Fraud
Press Release Number: 1:15-cr-327-LJO