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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 17, 2014

Struthers Woman Indicted for Theft of Government Funds

A federal Grand Jury returned a one-count indictment charging Beverly Boyd, 57, a resident of Struthers, Ohio, with theft of government funds, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that Boyd, the Rrpresentative payee for her father, stole government funds from the date of her father’s death on November 25, 2007, until August 2013.  Boyd accomplished this scheme by concealing her father’s death and then converting her father’s Social Security benefits for her own use in violation of her responsibilities as a Representative Payee and federal law.

Assistant United States Attorney Matthew J. Cronin is prosecuting the case following an investigation by the SSA Office of Inspector General.

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.

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Updated March 18, 2015