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Defendant: Suzanne Pope (DOB 01/06/64)

Sept. 6, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Suzanne Pope of Hawthorne has been charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D Felony, for stealing over $13,000 in Social Security benefits.

Background
The felony complaint alleges, in May 2015, Suzanne Pope and her husband took into their Hawthorne home a teenaged former county jail inmate who was living in the Children’s Village Sanctuary Shelter upon his release from jail. While the teenager lived with them, his father died (Sept. 18, 2015), and he became eligible for Social Security survivor benefits. From September 2015 through March 2016, the teenager was an enrolled high school student and eligible for survivor benefits.

In December 2015, Pope applied for those benefits on the teenager’s behalf, using her home address. She took possession of the teenager’s Social Security debit card starting February 2016. Social Security deposited $1,565 monthly into the teenager’s debit account. In March 2016, the teenager moved out of the Popes’ house and stopped attending school, making him ineligible for benefits.

Pope continued to receive the benefits. From April to December 2016, Suzanne Pope used the debit card for her personal needs without the knowledge of the teenager and in violation of Social Security Administration (SSA) regulations. During that time, she stole over $13,000 from the SSA.

The Office of the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration investigated and referred the case to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

Pope was arrested Aug. 30, 2018, at her home and arraigned later that day in Mount Pleasant Town Court. She is expected to appear next in court Oct. 11, 2018. The Investigations Division Public Integrity Bureau is prosecuting the case.

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Suzanne Pope

 In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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