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Monroe woman sentenced to 1 year for stealing $135K in Social Security funds


MONROE, Louisiana — A Monroe woman has been sentenced to a year in prison on federal charges of stealing $135,000 in Social Security funds.

Federal prosecutors say in a news release that 51-year-old Rhonda Eiland illegally took the Social Security payments that were for her mother who had died.

Eiland was sentenced Monday on one count of theft of government property. She will also serve three years of supervised release and pay $135,740 restitution.

Eiland pleaded guilty in March to receiving payments on her mother's behalf beginning in 1999. Eiland's mother died in March of 2002, and Eiland failed to notify the Social Security Administration. The payments continued until April of 2014.

Additionally, Eiland completed Social Security paperwork stating that her mother was alive in order to continue receiving payments.

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