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

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Information Charges Florida Woman With Stealing Dead Mother's Benefits

Elena DiMaggio, 71, of Key Largo, Florida, and formerly of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, was charged by Information with one count of theft of government funds, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  According to the information, the defendant received retirement benefits intended for her mother, after her mother’s death in January 1998 until the defendant’s fraud was discovered in the summer of 2012.  The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $174,366.          

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison, a three year period of supervised release, restitution to the government of $174,366, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 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.

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

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Updated December 15, 2014