NEW ORLEANS – US Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that YADA CLARK (“CLARK”), the 62-year-old from New Orleans, Louisiana, was indicted by the Bill of Information filed on Dec. 16, 2021, for theft of federal funds.
According to the Bill of Information, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”), an agency or department of the United States of America, administered the RSI Program. The goal of the RSI program is to provide benefits to retired workers in their working years.
Around February 1997, EC applied for and began receiving benefits from the RSI program. The SSA sent the benefits to EC by direct deposit to its bank account. CLARK was co-owner of the EC bank account.
On February 5, 2006, EC passed away. CLARK never informed the SSA of EC’s death. From February 2006 to August 2020, SSA continued to deposit funds electronically into EC’s bank account. From February 2006 to August 2020, CLARK received monthly SSA benefits totaling approximately $ 216,236 to which she was not entitled and which were deposited into the EC account. CLARK was not entitled to receive these funds, however, she used them for her living expenses.
CLARK is punishable by a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, restitution, a maximum fine of $ 250,000, supervised release of up to 3 years and a mandatory special assessment of $ 100.
US Prosecutor Evans reiterated that the briefing note is only an indictment and the accused’s guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General. The case is being continued by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carter KD Guice, Jr.