W. Nebraska woman ordered to repay Social Security checks she received after friend's death

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KIMBALL, Nebraska — The U.S. Attorney for Nebraska says a western Nebraska woman has been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution of $177,675 after pleading guilty to defrauding the Social Security Administration.

U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg announced Monday that 74-year-old Lois Powell, of Kimball, was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to make restitution after pleading guilty to receiving benefits belong to a dead friend.

Powell had been added as a signor to the friend's account. When the friend died in 1998, Powell continued to receive $177,675 in checks and spent the money on herself.

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