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Connecticut woman gets probation for stealing benefits

July 17, 2019

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman who stole more than $70,000 in federal annuity benefits intended for her late mother has been sentenced to three years of probation.

Federal prosecutors say 57-year-old Sybil Butler, of Norwalk, was also ordered by a judge on Tuesday to pay full restitution, a $1,000 fine and perform 150 hours of community service.

Prosecutors say the Norwalk woman’s mother received monthly annuity payments after she retired from the U.S. Postal Service. But after the older woman died in June 2014, Butler impersonated her mother in phone calls and forged her mother’s signature so the benefits continued to be deposited in a joint bank account.

Butler pleaded guilty in March to theft of government funds.

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