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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Northampton County Woman Charged With Stealing Dead Mother's Benefits

Frances Riley, 78, of Bath, 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 February 1994 until the defendant’s fraud was discovered in 2011.  The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $152,600.90.          

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a 3-year period of supervised release, restitution to the government of $152,600.90, 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