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Lynn Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing Social Security Benefits

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

BOSTON – A Lynn woman has pleaded guilty to stealing over $50,000 in Social Security benefits.  

Teresa M. Carrington, 65, pleaded guilty on May 31, 2023 to one count of theft of public funds. U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper scheduled sentencing for Aug. 29, 2023. Carrington was indicted by a federal grand jury in January 2022. 

Carrington’s mother died in May 2016.  From June 2016 through January 2020, Carrington stole at least $50,210 in Social Security Administration Retirement Insurance benefits that were paid to her deceased mother. Carrington also wrote multiple checks on her deceased mother’s bank account and each check was made payable to Carrington who forged her mother’s signature.

The misdemeanor charge of theft of public funds provides for a sentence of up to one year in prison, one year of supervised release, five years of probation, and a fine of $100,000 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 statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Sharon MacDermott, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Sullivan Jacobus of Levy’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

Updated June 2, 2023