Irondequoit woman pleads guilty to Social Security fraud | Crime
U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Cheryl Gurjansky, 49, of Irondequoit, has pleaded guilty to theft of government funds before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa J. Miller, who handled the case, said that Gurjansky unlawfully obtained Social Security insurance survivor benefits in the amount of approximately $24,600.
The case alleged that following the death of her husband at the time, Gurjansky applied for benefits from the Social Security administration, while knowing that the child for whom the benefits were sought was not fathered by the deceased and, as a result, was not entitled to the benefits.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of special agents of the Social Security administration’s Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent In Charge Edward J. Ryan.
Sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 4,before Judge Siragusa in Rochester.