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

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Franklin Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of Social Security Benefits

Contact: Chris Ruge
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine:  United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Barbara Phillips, 66, of Franklin, Maine, pled guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to theft of public money.

According to court records, from about August 2011 until December of 2013, Phillips withdrew social security funds being deposited in her deceased mother’s checking account.  In all, Phillip’s stole over $31,000 by drafting checks to herself from the decedent’s account.

Phillips faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.  She will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General.

Updated May 21, 2015