Fall River Woman Indicted for Stealing Social Security Benefits

Apr 3, 2024

From the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Fall River woman was arrested today for stealing Social Security benefits intended for her child.

Nancy Taylor, 44, was charged with one count of theft of public funds. Taylor was released on conditions following an initial appearance today before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein.

According to the indictment, from May 2016 through May 2022, Taylor embezzled approximately $86,994.58 in Social Security benefits that were intended for her minor child.

The charge of theft of public funds provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy and Bradley Parker, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Boston Field Division made the announcement. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Nagelberg of the Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the Indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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