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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 1, 2017

Pittsburgh Woman Charged with Defrauding Social Security

PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges relating to Social Security fraud, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

The three-count indictment, returned yesterday, named Jennifer Neal, age 39, of Pittsburgh, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, 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.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 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 offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Adam N. Hallowell 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 December 4, 2017