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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 11, 2020

Troy Woman Sentenced for Stealing Social Security Benefits

Jessica Pascale Committed Thefts While Employed as a Social Security Claims Representative

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jessica Pascale, age 35, of Troy, New York, was sentenced yesterday to one-year of probation for defrauding the Social Security Administration (SSA) by diverting and stealing the benefit payments of two individuals with disabilities while she was employed as a Social Security claims representative.

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.

As part of her earlier guilty plea, Pascale admitted that in July and September 2019, she used the SSA computer system to divert two separate Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit payments intended for two SSI beneficiaries with disabilities into her personal bank account.  Neither of the beneficiaries were aware of the thefts, which were discovered through internal controls at SSA.   Pascale pled guilty to four felony charges: two charges of theft of government property and two charges of fraud in connection with identification information.

The court also ordered Pascale to pay full restitution to SSA, as well as a fine of $1,000.

This case was investigated by the SSA Office of the Inspector General and was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrian S. LaRochelle.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated September 11, 2020