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Bradenton woman indicted for theft of government funds

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BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) -  A Bradenton woman has been indited for theft of government funds, making a false statement to a federal agency, counterfeiting securities, and using fradulent identification.

If convicted Roselle Fitzgerald, 54, faces a maximum penalty of 15 years’ imprisonment on each count of fraudulent use of a means of identification, 10 years in prison on the theft of government funds count and for each count of presenting counterfeit or forged securities, and up to 5 years’ imprisonment on each count of false statement to a federal agency. The indictment also notifies Fitzgerald that the United States is seeking a money judgment in the amount of $192,091.20, the proceeds of the charged criminal conduct.

According to the indictment, Fitzgerald worked as a title-closer at various law firms, while simultaneously receiving Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits to which she was not entitled. Fitzgerald also made material false statements to employees of the Social Security Administration regarding her work activity. In addition, she possessed counterfeit or forged checks from the law firms where she was employed and used the means of identification of others in connection with the counterfeit or forged checks.

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