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

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Brackenridge Woman Charged With Stealing Benefits, Making False Statements To The Government

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Brackenridge, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of theft of government property and false statements to the government, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The three-count indictment returned on October 28, named Kristyn Mazinski, 46, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, between Aug. 3, 2011, and April 3, 2013, Mazinski converted to her own use Social Security benefits totaling $24,760 which she received on behalf of a minor for whose use and benefit the payments were intended. On two occasions, April 12, 2012, and April 25, 2013, Mazinski also made false statements to the government in which she advised that the minor resided with her, when in fact the minor did not reside with Mazinski.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 15 years in prison, a fine of $750,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Bond has been requested at $10,000 unsecured.

Assistant United States Attorney Margaret E. Picking is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 14, 2015