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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 16, 2021

Wareham Woman Indicted for Stealing Social Security Benefits

BOSTON – A Wareham woman was arrested on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 for stealing Social Security benefits.   

Erika Cyr-Camara, 46, was indicted on one count of theft of public funds. She was released on conditions after making an initial appearance in federal court in Boston.   

As alleged in the indictment, Cyr-Camara stole approximately $49, 275 in Social Security benefits from March 2016 through July 2019.

The charge of theft of public funds provides for a sentence of up to 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.

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell and Tonya Perkins, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division made the announcement. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Burzycki of Mendell’s Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

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Updated April 16, 2021