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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 6, 2014

Warminster Man Charged With Theft Of Government Funds

William E. Gardner, 67, of Warminster, Pennsylvania was charged today by information  with one  count  of  theft  of  Government  funds,  and  one  count  of  social security  fraud, announced  United  States  Attorney Zane D. Memeger.   The information alleges that between  May 22, 2005 and  January  2014, William E. Gardner  implemented  a  scheme   to  receive  and  convert  to  his  own   use  survivor's insurance benefits intended for a family member for a period of almost nine years after the family  member's  death,  resulting  in  total  losses  to  the government  of  approximately $104,615.

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years in prison,  a  $500,000.00   fine,  three  years  supervised  release,  and  restitution  of $104,615.

The case was investigated by the Social Security  Administration's Office of the Inspector  General and is being prosecuted  by Special  Assistant  United  States Attorney Thomas Moshang III.

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

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Updated December 15, 2014