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

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Philadelphia Woman Charged With Theft Of Government Funds

Vanessa Clay, a/k/a “Vanessa Hatcher,” 61, 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 applied for Supplemental Security Income from the Social Security Administration, and Housing Benefits from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, under her true Social Security Number, while working, and concealing her ownership of the home for which she was receiving HUD benefits, under a second Social Security Number and alias.  The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of over $117,000.          

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison, a three year period of supervised release, restitution to the government of $117,471.09, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General, and the Philadelphia Housing Authority Office of Audit and Compliance.  It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Amanda R. Reinitz.

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Updated December 15, 2014