NEW ORLEANS – United States Lawyer Duane A. Evans introduced that LINDA REED HILL (“HILL”), age 75, of Slidell, Louisiana, was charged on Could 6, 2022 by a invoice of data immediately with Theft of Authorities Funds in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Part 641.
In keeping with the invoice of data, starting in or about Could 1, 2004, and persevering with till in or about February 28, 2021, the HILL did knowingly embezzle, steal, purloin, and convert to her use, cash belonging to the USA and a division and company thereof, particularly the Social Security Administration, to which she knew she was not entitled, when she withdrew funds from a joint JP Morgan Chase account underneath her personal identify and Particular person “A’s” identify.
Previous to April 28, 2004, Particular person “A” obtained SSA Retirement Survivor Insurance coverage (“RSI”). After Particular person “A’s” demise, from roughly Could 2004 to February 2021, Particular person “A” continued to obtain month-to-month SSA incapacity advantages in an quantity starting from $1,310.00 – $1,518.00 per thirty days, totaling $319,696.00, which was deposited by SSA right into a joint JP Morgan Chase Financial savings account, shared by HILL and Particular person “A.” The month-to-month SSA funds have been then taken from the joint account, transferred to 2 completely different accounts listed underneath HILL’s identify, and withdrawn by HILL.
U.S. Lawyer Evans reiterated that the invoice of data is merely a cost and that the guilt of the defendant should be confirmed past an affordable doubt.
If convicted, HILL faces a attainable most sentence of ten years’ imprisonment, as much as three years of supervised launch, as much as a $250,000 fantastic, and a compulsory $100 particular evaluation price.
The U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace would additionally wish to acknowledge the help of the Social Security Administration, Workplace of Inspector Basic with this matter. The prosecution of this case is being dealt with by Assistant U.S. Lawyer Brian M. Klebba, Chief of the Monetary Crimes Unit and Assistant U.S. Lawyer Kathryn McHugh.