Philadelphia Woman Indicted for Social Security Fraud
PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Saudia Shuler, 44, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged today by indictment with six counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of government funds, and two counts of social security fraud.
According to the indictment, the defendant applied for benefits from the Social Security Administration, claiming she was disabled and unable to work. After Social Security approved the benefits, the defendant allegedly continued working, including operating her own restaurant. This work and income were never reported to Social Security, in violation of program rules. The defendant’s alleged actions resulted in a loss to the government of $36,785.67.
If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 140 years’ incarceration, a period of supervised release, full restitution to the government of $36,785.67, a fine, and a 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 indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.