Arizona residents charged with stealing $ 1.3 million in social security funds
Arizona residents charged with stealing $ 1.3 million in social security funds

Arizona residents charged with stealing $ 1.3 million in social security funds

The defendants allegedly stole benefits belonging to deceased persons.

PHOENIX – Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against 11 Arizona people accused of stealing social security benefits from deceased persons.

United States Attorney’s Office in Arizona announced Monday that they had filed charges against a group of defendants accused of collectively stealing up to $ 1.3 million in social security payments.

In some cases, benefits continued to be paid for years after the recipient’s death. Often, the benefits were collected by relatives of the deceased recipient, prosecutors said.

The 11 Arizona people charged in a federal court with various crimes and misdemeanors include:

  • Patricia Munson
  • Douglas Pasley
  • Tamara head
  • Marva Martin
  • Dennis Diaz
  • Kristy Schlueter
  • Freda Hunt
  • Karen Hardesty
  • Joseph McCullough
  • Carol Harmon
  • Diana Fast

A conviction for theft of public funds carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $ 250,000 or both.

During the Social Security Fraud investigation, federal investigators managed to recover nearly $ 1.2 million in nine other cases that were resolved without filing criminal charges.

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