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Wendy Silva Sentenced In U.S. District Court

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

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Missoula, on July 3, 2013, before U.S. District Judge Dana L. Christensen, WENDY SILVA, a 41-year-old resident of Missoula, was sentenced to a term of:

Probation: 3 years

Special Assessment: $100

Restitution: $6,347.14 to SSA and an amount to be determined later for

SNAP benefits.

SILVA was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to theft of government money.

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura B. Weiss, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

SILVA fraudulently received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to which she was not entitled from January 2002 until January 2012 by failing to report income from her personal business. The money she stole belonged to the United States Social Security Administration, an agency of the United States. The value of the money SILVA stole via SSI was approximately $6,347.14.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Office of Inspector General.

Updated January 14, 2015