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

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Lehigh County Woman Charged With Theft Of Government Funds

PHILADELPHIA - Dorothea Terfinko, 56, of Laury’s Station, Pennsylvania, was charged by Information, filed yesterday, with one count of theft of government funds, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  According to the Information, the defendant improperly received Social Security disability payments after she concealed her marriage in her application for benefits.  The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $48,435.13.          

If convicted, the defendant faces a term of imprisonment, a three‑year period of supervised release, restitution to the government of $48,435.13, a possible 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 Christopher E. Parisi.


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

Updated May 19, 2016