Picayune Woman Sentenced To Twenty One Months In Prison For Social Security Fraud
Gulfport, Miss. – Virginia Ann Edelman a/k/a Ginger Edelman, 49, of Picayune, Mississippi, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 21 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for theft of government funds, U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis announced today. She was also ordered to pay $75,325.00 in restitution to the U. S. Social Security Administration and to perform 120 hours of community service.
In May, 2014, a jury found Edelman guilty of stealing $75,325.00 of her deceased mother’s Social Security Survivor’s Insurance Benefits Program (“SIB”) benefit payments. The investigation revealed the theft occurred from May of 2000 through October of 2011.
This case was investigated by agents of the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General - Office of Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Jones.
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