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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 17, 2014

Ohio Man Charged with Defrauding Social Security

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced that a grand jury returned a one-count indictment charging Joyce L. Humes, age 62, of Dennison, Ohio, with one count of theft of government funds.

The indictment alleges that from on or about December 1, 2009, through October 31, 2013, Joyce L. Humes stole Social Security survivor benefits in the amount of $50,618 from the United States Social Security Administration to which she was not entitled.

 If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court 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 and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

 The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian M. McDonough, following an investigation by agents of the Office of Inspector General of the United States Social Security Administration.

 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.

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