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Illinois Woman Pleads to Theft of Dead Mother’s Social Security Benefits

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MT. VERNON, IL (AP) A Mount Vernon, Illinois woman faces up to ten years in prison and a quarter-million dollar fine after she admitted stealing more than $85,000 in Social Security benefits after her mother died.

Fifty-one-year-old Mary Barnett-Johnson of Mount Vernon pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to one count of theft of government funds.

A grand jury indicted her in December in East St. Louis, alleging that after her mother’s 2003 death, Barnett-Johnson continued to receive and use the benefits.

Sentencing is set for May 30th.

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