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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kenner Woman Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds

U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that LOIS MCCORKLE, age 68, was sentenced today after previously pleading guilty to theft of government funds.

U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance sentenced MCCORKLE to three (3) years’ probation and ordered MCCORKLE to pay restitution in the amount of $105,320.98 to the Social Security Administration.

According to court records, MCCORKLE was receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA). On or about November 17, 2001, MCCORKLE married, but she failed to notify SSA of her change in marital status. If she had reported her marriage as required by the SSA, she would not have been entitled to her SSI benefits due to her husband’s wages. MCCORKLE received Social Security Supplemental Security Income payments to which she knew she was not entitled, having a value of approximately $105,320.  

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the United States Social Security Administration- Office of Inspector General in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Loan “Mimi” Nguyen is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated February 21, 2018