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Federal Employee Sentenced and Ordered to Repay Stolen Funds

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee


Memphis, TN – A former federal employee has been sentenced for theft of public money. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, on December 17, 2018, Jacquelyn Denise Young, aka "Jacqueline Harvey," 56, pled guilty to Count 1 of the Indictment. Young formerly worked as the systems administrator for the United States Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Adjudication Review. While working there from approximately 2009 until 2014, she stole $7,224.02 in federal money by misusing government gas cards. The gas cards were provided for Social Security Administration employees to use for official business travel in government-owned vehicles. Ms. Young repeatedly misused the gas cards over a five-year period, to fill up her personal vehicle for non-work-related use.

On April 25, 2019, United States District Court Judge Mark S. Norris sentenced Young to time served, followed by two years supervised release. She was sentenced to serve four months of her supervised release on home detention with location monitoring. Young also was ordered to pay restitution to the General Services Administration and forfeiture totaling $7,224.04 and to pay a $500 fine.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "One of the primary functions of this office is to protect the United States Treasury, and the ability of the Social Security Administration to provide efficient public services. Fraudulent schemes and crimes of dishonesty do not pay, and will be exposed."

This case was investigated by the Social Security Administration – Office of the Inspector General.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Murre Foster prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Updated May 6, 2019