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Woman pleads guilty to stealing dead mom’s Social Security

March 22, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A western Massachusetts woman has admitted to stealing more than $45,000 of her dead mother’s Social Security benefits.

U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office says 52-year-old Shirley Warner of Haydenville pleaded guilty Monday in Springfield to theft of public money.

WWLP reports (http://bit.ly/21EPOtO ) Ortiz’s office says Warner’s mother died in July 2010, but Warner kept collecting her monthly Social Security benefits from August 2010 to March 2014.

Prosecutors say the money was deposited into a joint bank account in Warner and her mother’s names.

Warner faces 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine when she’s sentenced June 20.


Information from: WWLP-TV, http://www.wwlp.com

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