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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Philadelphia Man Charged With Theft Of Government Funds

Septmeber 26, 2014

Felix R. Pinero, 62, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was charged today by Information with one count of theft of Government funds, and one count of social security fraud, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.  The information alleges that from in or about November 1986 to in or about August 2011, Felix R. Pinero implemented a scheme to defraud the Social Security Administration by concealing that he was working and later receiving disability benefits while simultaneously receiving additional disability benefits under a different name and social security number for a period of almost 25 years, resulting in total losses to the government of approximately $117,135.25.

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of fifteen years incarceration, a $500,000 fine, three years supervised release, and restitution of $117,135.25.

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Moshang III.

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

UNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, EASTERN DISTRICTof PENNSYLVANIA
Suite 1250, 615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
PATTY HARTMAN, Media Contact, 215-861-8525

Updated December 15, 2014