NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – The American lawyer Duane A. Evans announced it RACHEL COONEYage 37, of Metairie, Louisiana, was charged on March 11, 2022, with theft of public funds in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641.
According to the indictment, it begins in November 2015 and continues until January 2020, COONEY collected social security benefits paid to a deceased relative. It is claimed that in total COONEY fraudulently received approximately $ 76,139 in benefits from the Social Security Administration to which she was not entitled.
U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the indictment is merely a charge and that the defendant’s guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, COONEY faces a maximum sentence of ten (10) years in prison, followed by up to three (3) years of supervised release, a fine of up to $ 250,000.00 and a mandatory $ 100 special assessment fee.
U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General. The prosecution in this case is handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachal Cassagne.