SHREVEPORT, La. (U.S. Attorney's Office Western District of La.) - United States Attorney David C. Joseph announced that a Shreveport man pleaded guilty Monday to stealing at least $27,000 of his children’s Social Security benefits.
Dianglo Shawntale Mahoney, 51, of Shreveport, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. to one count of theft of government property. According to the guilty plea, Mahoney applied for and began receiving Social Security Administration (SSA) disability payments starting in July of 2013. Mahoney also applied for and began receiving auxiliary benefits for his two minor children. The SSA paid Mahoney at least $27,000 for the benefit of his children. Mahoney never gave the children the money, but he kept the money and used it for his himself.
Mahoney faces 10 years in prison, not more than three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. The court set the sentencing date for February 7, 2019.
The Social Security Administration conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mike O’Mara is prosecuting the case.