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

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Philadelphia Woman Charged With Theft Of Government Funds

Sophia Beltz, 54, of Philadelphia, PA was charged today by information with one count of theft of government funds, in connection with her alleged scheme to collect Social Security Administration Retirement Insurance Benefits intended for her father, after her father’s death, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. According to the information, the defendant received the retirement benefits intended for her father, who died in February 1997, until her fraud was discovered in August 2012. The information alleges that her conduct resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $172,133.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years imprisonment; 3 years of supervised release; a $250,000 fine; restitution of $172,133; 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.

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Updated December 15, 2014