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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Brockton Woman Charged with Stealing Social Security Benefits

BOSTON – A Brockton woman was arrested today and charged in federal court in Boston with stealing Social Security benefits.   

Catherine M. Anzalone, 55, was charged with one count of theft of public funds. According to the indictment that was unsealed today, from April 2000 through April 2017, Anzalone stole approximately $155,736 in Social Security benefits.

The charge of theft of public funds provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Scott Antolik, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Burzycki of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Financial Fraud
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Updated February 20, 2018