U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office announced that Myrna Shiloh, 56, of New Orleans, pleaded guilty Thursday to theft of public money.
According to court documents, Shiloh lived with someone identified as Individual A who was receiving Social Security benefits until she died on May 16, 1998. After her death, the Social Security Administration continued sending checks to the same address. From Feb. 3, 1999, to March 3, 2015, Shiloh cashed checks totaling $152,179.
Shiloh forged the name of Individual A on the checks, deposited the forged checks into her account and changed her address after Hurricane Katrina in order to keep getting the checks, prosecutors said.
She faces a possible sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. She will be ordered to pay restitution to the Social Security Administration.
U.S. District Judge Lance Africk set sentencing for July 21.