Sylvia Wilkerson, 68, of Jersey City, was sentenced to five years of probation by Superior Court Judge Mirtha Ospina in Hudson County for stealing approximately $272,000 by fraudulently collecting her father’s Social Security, permanent disability, and pension benefits for over 12 years after he died.
Wilkerson was ordered to pay full restitution and perform 50 hours of community service. The state had requested that the sentence include six months in the county jail, but the judge imposed a sentence of noncustodial probation. Wilkerson pleaded guilty on July 2, 2018, to a charge of third-degree theft by deception. She was indicted in an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Social Security Administration and the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau.