New Orleans Woman Charged for Theft of More Than $61,000 in Social Security Funds

Published 6:56 am Tuesday, November 16, 2021

NEW ORLEANS, LA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that CATHERINE CAMPBELL WILLIAMS, age 68, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was indicted on November 12, 2021 for Theft of Government Funds, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641.

According to the Indictment, beginning in December 2010 and continuing through 2020, WILLIAMS collected Social Security Administration benefits paid to a deceased relative.  It is alleged that in total, WILLIAMS fraudulently received approximately $61,324 in Social Security Administration benefits to which she was not entitled.

U.S. Attorney Evans reiterated that the Indictment is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

If convicted, WILLIAMS 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 fee.

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maria Carboni.