NEW ORLEANS – United States Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that VALERIE YOREL MANSON (“MANSON”), age 51, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was charged on September 22, 2020 by a Bill of Information for Theft of Government Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641.
According to the Bill of Information, beginning in 2010 and continuing through 2016, MANSON collected Social Security Administration benefits of approximately $700 per month paid to an account held in the name of a deceased relative. Accordingly, MANSON fraudulently received approximately $69,000.00 in Social Security Administration benefits, to which she was not entitled.
U.S. Attorney Strasser reiterated that the Bill of Information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted, MANSON faces a maximum penalty of ten (10) years imprisonment, followed by up to three (3) years of supervised release, a fine of up to $250,000.00, and a mandatory $100 special assessment.
U.S. Attorney Strasser praised the work of the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General. The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn McHugh.