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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Thursday, October 9, 2014

St. Clair County Woman Sentenced For Theft Of Government Social Security Benefits

Stephen R, Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Tara Star Johndrow, 30, of Belleville, Illinois, was sentenced on one count of Theft of Government Funds in the United States District Court in East St. Louis, Illinois. The district court sentenced Johndrow to five years’ probation with the first six months in home detention. The court also ordered her to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration in the amount of $14,560.48 and pay a special assessment of $100.

On June 16, 2014, Johndrow pled guilty to the charge. During the plea, Johndrow admitted that between August of 2010 and August of 2012, she received approximately $14,500 in Supplemental Social Security Payments from the Social Security Administration, when she falsely claimed to the government agency that she did not work, when she, in fact, was working.

The investigation was conducted by the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ranley R. Killian.

Updated February 19, 2015