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Woman sentenced for Social Security fraud

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:35 am
A woman who failed to report to the Social Security Administration her children no longer lived with her while continuing to receive benefits was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to serve 15 months in prison.

U.S. District Court Judge Theresa Springmann sentenced Elizabeth Heckathorne, 39, of Garrett, to 15 months in prison and one year of supervised release for one count of misuse of a Social Security Number. She was ordered to pay $71,410 in restitution and a $100 special assessment fee. A second charge of theft/embezzlement of U.S. property was dismissed at sentencing.

Heckathorne collected child's disability insurance benefits for her minor daughters from March 2011 to about March 2015, despite the fact her daughters left her care and custody and no longer lived with her, according to court documents filed in the case. 

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