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Philadelphia Woman Sentenced For Illegally Collecting Her Dead Relative's Benefits

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA - Beverly Brooker, 65, of Philadelphia, PA was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in prison for a scheme to collect Retirement Insurance Benefits intended for her deceased great aunt. Brooker pleaded guilty on November 7, 2012 to theft of government funds and Social Security representative payee fraud. Brooker concealed her great aunt’s death from the Social Security Administration by becoming representative payee for her aunt and submitting yearly false declarations to the Social Security Administration to account for how she “spent” the money on her great aunt. For each month of her fraud, which spanned from her aunt’s death in January 1992 until her fraud was discovered in the summer of 2012, Brooker received a check by mail that she then cashed and used to her own benefit. Her fraud resulted in a loss to the government of approximately $261,653.00.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Legrome Davis ordered restitution in the amount of $261,653, a $200 special assessment, and three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. It was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Amanda R. Reinitz.

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Updated December 15, 2014