SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A 47-year-old Neosho woman pleaded guilty to receiving disability payments for her son while concealing a $4 million settlement they received.

The Joplin Globe reports Kerry Sanders pleaded guilty Tuesday to participating in a conspiracy to steal government property and theft of government property.

Federal prosecutors say Sanders received at least $56,138 in Social Security disability benefits over seven years.

She began receiving the payments when her son was born with disabilities in 2001. The family received a $4 million settlement because circumstances involving her son’s birth. Sanders didn’t reveal the settlement to the Social Security Administration and gave false statements to continue receiving disability benefits. She also didn’t reveal that she had bought a home and falsely claimed she was paying $400 per month in rent.

Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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