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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

California Woman Charged with Defrauding the United States

 Mary Craig Williams, 71, of Fresno, California was charged today by Indictment with major fraud against the United States announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. According to the charges, Williams requested payments under a government contract for costs that Williams’s company had not actually incurred.


If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a 3 year period of supervised release, a $5,000,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.


The case was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs--Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joan E. Burnes.


An Indictment, Information or Criminal Complaint is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed

innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Updated October 31, 2017