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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Philadelphia Woman Charged With Stealing Dead Mother's Benefits

PHILADELPHIA - Delores Turner, 62, of Philadelphia, PA, was charged today 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 June 2012 until September 2014.  The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $30,159.         


If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a three‑year period of supervised release, restitution to the government of $30,159, a $250,000 fine, 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 Christopher E. Parisi.


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

Updated February 4, 2016