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United States of America v. Patricia L. Williams
Case Number: 3:17-cr-00326-TJM
Judge: Thomas J. McAvoy
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (Broome County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Jason W. White
Defendant's Attorney: Courtenay K. McKeon and Lisa A. Peebles - FPD
Description: Binghamton, NY - A Jury Convicted Binghamton Woman of Stealing Social Security Benefits
A jury voted to convict Patricia L. Williams, age 62, of Binghamton, of theft of government property and fraud, for stealing Social Security benefits deposited into her deceased husbandís bank account, and for concealing her receipt of those benefits while applying for and receiving other government benefits.
The jury reached a verdict after a four-day trial. The evidence demonstrated that the defendantís husband passed away in 1990, but SSA was never notified of his death. SSA, believing the defendantís husband was alive, continued to pay monthly benefits until 2013, which Williams withdrew and spent, knowing she was not entitled to the money. From 2008 to 2015, the defendant applied for and received Supplemental Security Income (SSI), concealing that she was taking her deceased husbandís benefits. SSI is a needs-based program, available to elderly, blind, and disabled individuals, that provides money to pay for living expenses. The total loss to the government was at least $63,500.
Williams faces up to 10 years in prison and up to 3 years of post-imprisonment supervised release when she is sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy on February 20, 2019. She may also be ordered to pay restitution to the SSA. A defendantís sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.
18:641.F THEFT OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY
18:641.F THEFT OF GOVERNMENT PROPERTY with Forfeiture Allegation
42:1383.F SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME FRAUD; and FORFEITURE ALLEGATION
42:1383.F SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY FRAUD