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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Marrero Woman Sentenced for Theft of Government Funds

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that LISA ROBERTS, age 48, of Marrero, was sentenced for theft of government funds.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced ROBERTS to three years probation and restitution in the amount of $49,339 to the Social Security Administration.

According to court documents, ROBERTS’ sister was receiving social security widow’s benefits before her death. When she died, these benefits should have terminated. However, ROBERTS continued to receive the benefits, which were directly deposited into a bank account accessed by ROBERTS, who converted the funds to her personal use knowing that she was not entitled to receive those benefits.

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

Updated December 11, 2014