Columbia woman pleads guilty to Social Security fraud; awaiting sentencing

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COLUMBIA, South Carolina — A Columbia woman has pleaded guilty to fraud involving Social Security benefits.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Thursday that 68-year-old Carolyn M. Taylor pleaded guilty to theft of government funds.

Nettles says Taylor's mother was receiving Social Security benefits when she died in 1998. Taylor was accused of failing to tell the federal agency that her mother had died and continued to collect the dead woman's benefits until last December.

Nettles says the overpayment was nearly $100,000.

Taylor faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced later.

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