FRESNO, Calif. — Deborah Rossoni, 58, of Lemoore, pleaded guilty today to stealing $87,000 in Social Security payments and agreed to pay full restitution to the Social Security Administration, Acting US Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, Rossoni’s father died in July 2012, but the SSA was not notified of his death and continued to deposit Social Security payments directly into his bank account until July 2018. During this time, Rossoni transferred the payments to her own bank. bills and then used the money for personal expenses, including credit card bills and home repairs.
This case is the result of an investigation by the SSA Office of Inspector General. US Assistant Attorney Joseph Barton is pursuing the case.
Rossoni is expected to be sentenced on February 14, 2022, by U.S. District Judge Dale A. Drozd. She faces a maximum legal penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. However, the actual penalty will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of all applicable legal factors and the Federal Criminal Code, which take several variables into account.