New Orleans woman pleads guilty to social security fraud

New Orleans woman pleads guilty to social security fraud

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that Myrna Shiloh, 56, pled guilty on April 21 to theft of public money.

According to the court documents, Shiloh lived with Individual "A".  Individual "A" was receiving Social Security Benefits until she died on May 16, 1998. After she passed away, checks continued to be sent from the Social Security Administration to Individual "A's" address in New Orleans.  From February 3, 1999 to March 3, 2015, prosecutors say Shiloh cashed the checks totaling $152,179.60.

In addition, investigators say Shiloh forged the name of Individual "A" on the check, deposited the forged checks into her account, and changed her address after Hurricane Katrina in order to keep getting the checks.

Shiloh faces a possible maximum sentence of ten years in prison and/or a fine of $250,000 and up to three years of supervised release.  Shiloh will be ordered to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration.  U.S. District Judge Lance M. Africk set sentencing for July 21, 2016.

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