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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Judge Sentences Pittsburgh Woman for Social Security Fraud and Theft of Government Funds

PITTSBURGH, PA – A resident of Pittsburgh has been sentenced in federal court to four years of probation, including 90 days of home detention, on her conviction of Social Security fraud and theft of government funds, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Jennifer Neal, age 39.

According to information presented to the court, on or about July 29, 2013, Neal knowingly and willfully made two false statements material to her right to receive Supplemental Security Income benefits, by falsely stating that two minor children had lived with her from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. Additionally, between March 2012 and February 2017, Neal received and converted approximately $66,804.85 in Supplemental Security Income benefits to which she knew she was not entitled..

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Hornak stated that the sentence imposed was justified due to the seriousness of the offense conduct, as well as the defendant’s employment history, lack of any criminal record, and acceptance of responsibility.

Assistant United States Attorney Adam N. Hallowell prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Social Security Administration – Office of Inspector General for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Jennifer Neal.

Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Updated July 25, 2018