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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Pittsburgh Man Charged With Theft Of Deceased Mother's Social Security Benefits

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, PA, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of Theft of Government Property, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on May 12, named Gilbert Anthony Lucas, 67.

According to indictment, Lucas converted to his own use Social Security benefits which were intended for his deceased mother.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of ten years in prison, a fine of $250,000 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.

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