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Alleged Lancaster County Fraudster Facing Additional Charges

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

PHILADELPHIA - Debra Lightfoot, a/k/a "A.T.B.," 57, of Lititz, PA, was charged today by superseding indictment with transmitting a threat by interstate communications, and threat of assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, intimidating, or interfering with a Government Employee in the course of official duties, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  According to the Superseding Indictment, the defendant threatened an employee of the Social Security Administration while speaking to that employee by telephone. The superseding indictment adds the two new counts to 11 counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of government funds, two counts of Social Security Fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.  Lightfoot allegedly used a stolen Social Security number to work while collecting disability payments from the Social Security Administration under her true identity.  She was arrested on October 7, 2013 on a criminal complaint and is detained pending trial.

If convicted, Lightfoot faces a maximum possible sentence of 248 years imprisonment, a three‑year period of supervised release, restitution to the government of $137,665 and a $1,625 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Amanda R. Reinitz.

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An Indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Updated December 15, 2014