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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 5, 2016

Shreveport woman pleads guilty to stealing more than $200,000 in Social Security benefits

SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Shreveport woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $200,000 in Social Security benefits.

Rose Marie Jackson, 78, of Shreveport, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote to one count of theft of government property.  According to the guilty plea, Jackson received $206,891 in Social Security benefits from March of 1986 to January of 2015 to which she was not entitled. Thomas Jackson died in 1986, but the Social Security benefit checks continued to be sent to a shared post office box. Rose Jackson continued to cash the checks and signed them with Thomas Jackson’s name. The Social Security Administration was not aware of Thomas Jackson’s death, and Rose Jackson did not alert the office to the truth during that time.

Jackson faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution.  A sentencing date of September 8, 2016 was set.

The Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon B. Brown is prosecuting the case.

Updated May 5, 2016