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New Orleans Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of More Than $69,000 in Social Security Funds

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

NEW ORLEANS - United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that VALERIE YOREL MANSON (“MANSON”), age 51, of New Orleans, Louisiana, pled guilty to one count of Theft of Government Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641.

According to the Bill of Information, beginning in 2010 and continuing through 2016, MANSON collected Social Security Administration benefits of approximately $700 per month paid to an account held in the name of a deceased relative. Accordingly, MANSON fraudulently received approximately $69,000.00 in Social Security Administration benefits in which she was not entitled.

MANSON faces a maximum penalty of ten (10) years imprisonment, followed by up to three (3) years of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.

U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn McHugh.

Updated December 17, 2020

Financial Fraud