Monroe woman sentenced to 21 months for stealing Social Security benefits

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MONROE, Louisiana — A Monroe woman has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for receiving more than $119,000 in Social Security benefits intended for her father who had died years earlier.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says 43-year-old Jessica Lewis was sentenced last week by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James on one count of theft of government property. James also ordered her to serve three years of supervised release and pay $119,258 restitution.

According to evidence, between June 3, 1998 and Jan. 3, 2014, Lewis cashed and used her deceased father's Social Security benefit checks. She also did not inform the Social Security Administration that her father had died and told office representatives that he was alive in order to keep receiving the benefit checks.

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