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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Philadelphia Woman Charged With Receiving Dead Mother's Benefits

PHILADELPHIA - Johnsie Boone-Brown, 47, of Philadelphia, PA, 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 May 2009 until her fraud was discovered in April 2014.  The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $22,569.86.         


If convicted, the defendant faces a substantial period of incarceration, a 3‑year period of supervised release, restitution to the government of $22,569.86, a fine of up to $250,000, 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.

Updated February 4, 2016