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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Oswego County Woman Charged with Misusing Social Security Numbers and Aggravated Identity Theft

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Tammy Tilton-Gajewski, age 48, of Fulton, New York, was arrested yesterday on an indictment charging her with 32 counts of misuse of a social security number and two counts of aggravated identity theft related to her use of the names of other people and social security numbers not assigned to her to obtain credit cards and loans.  The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and John F. Grasso, Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General, New York Field Office.

Tilton-Gajewski was arraigned on the indictment yesterday in United States District Court in Syracuse, New York and released pending trial on a date to be scheduled in the future.

If convicted of misuse of a social security number, Powell faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised of up to three years. If convicted of aggravated identity theft, Tilton-Gajewski faces a mandatory minimum sentence of two years on each aggravated identity theft count.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

The charges in the complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General and the New York State Police and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrian S. LaRochelle.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
Updated September 2, 2021