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

Friday, May 25, 2018

Philadelphia Man Charged with Using Multiple Identities to Apply for Social Security Benefits

PHILADELPHIA – Julian Washington, 71, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged May 24 by superseding indictment with four counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of government funds, and one count of social security fraud, announced United States Attorney William M. McSwain. 

According to the superseding indictment[1], the defendant used multiple identities to apply for Social Security benefits.  The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $20,310.             

If convicted, defendant Julian Washington faces a maximum sentence of 95 years’ incarceration, a period of supervised release, full restitution to the government, and a fine. 

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, and the Pennsylvania State Police, 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 December 20, 2018