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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cleveland woman charged with theft of government funds

A federal grand jury indicted Selina Scott, 52 of Cleveland today for theft of government funds, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that Scott fraudulently received Social Security Title XVI Supplemental Security Income benefits from March 2006 until May 2014, taking approximately $62,249 to which she was not entitled.

The Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Lisa J. Sanniti.

If convicted, the court will determine the defendant’s sentence after a review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense, and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum.  In most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


Updated January 8, 2016