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Press Release

Philadelphia Man Charged With Defrauding Social Security

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

William Robertson, 65, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged by Indictment, unsealed today, with five counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of government funds, one count of social security fraud, and one count of making false statements announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. According to the Indictment[1], the defendant received retirement benefits intended for a deceased relative after his relative’s death in June 2005. The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $148,938.

If convicted, defendant William Robertson faces a sentence of incarceration, a period of supervised release, full restitution to the government of $148,938, a fine, and a 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.


[1] An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated June 8, 2017