Crystal Anderson, 45, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was charged today by Information with one count of theft of government funds and three counts of social security fraud, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. The information alleges that from in or about January 1996 through in or about November 2011, Crystal Anderson implemented a scheme to defraud the SSA by receiving disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income benefits while concealing that she was working and earning income and receiving dual benefits from SSA, for a period of almost 16 years, using a different name and social security number, resulting in losses to the government of approximately $105,108.32. In furtherance of her scheme, Ms. Anderson allegedly provided a fraudulently obtained social security number in order to obtain a false photographic identification card.
If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 25 years imprisonment, a three year period of supervised release, a $1,000,000.00 fine, and a $400.00 special assessment. Full restitution of as much as $105,108.32 may be ordered.
The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Moshang III.
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