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Elm Grove woman pleads guilty to stealing dead mother's benefits

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SHREVEPORT, Louisiana — An Elm Grove woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $36,000 worth of worker's compensation benefits that were in her deceased mother's name.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said Monday that 60-year-old Rose M. Young pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Hornsby to one count of theft of government funds. The plea will become final when accepted by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter.

According to evidence presented at the guilty plea, after Young's mother died, Young continued to receive and spend her mother's benefits without notifying the U.S. Department of Labor that her mother had died.

Young faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and restitution.

Sentencing is set for Nov. 19.

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