Social Security Fraud



A Mount Vernon woman will see five years of probation for her admitted theft of more than $85,000 in Social Security benefits she must now repay.
 
Fifty-one-year-old Mary Barnett-Johnson pleaded guilty in February in U.S. District Court in Benton to one count of theft of government funds.
 
A grand jury indicted her last December, alleging that after her mother's 2003 death Barnett-Johnson fraudulently continued to receive and use the dead woman's Social Security benefits.
 
The theft took place between August 2003 and September 2011.
 
(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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