McKeesport woman sentenced for illegally receiving $19K in benefits |

McKeesport woman sentenced for illegally receiving $19K in benefits

Renatta Signorini

A McKeesport woman was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation and four months of house arrest for illegally receiving government benefits, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady.

Kristin Lucas, 45, was ordered to pay $19,289 in restitution.

Federal authorities said Lucas — who is also known as Kristin Hope Iarrusso — used more than $19,000 in Supplemental Security Income benefits between November 2012 and October 2014. The defendant knew she was not entitled to the benefits, prosecutors said.

Lucas falsely claimed in April 2013 that she used $8,400 in SSI benefits for the support of a child, according to the release.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta at 724-837-5374, [email protected] or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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