Western Missouri pair sentenced for bilking Social Security

2 years 9 months 6 days ago Tuesday, March 10 2015 Mar 10, 2015 Tuesday, March 10, 2015 3:36:00 AM CDT March 10, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A western Missouri couple has been ordered to repay nearly $97,000 they stole in Social Security benefits.

Fifty-three-year-old Reta Jo Carpenter of Nevada, Missouri, was sentenced Monday to one year and three months in federal prison. Fifty-two-year-old Oren Carpenter was ordered to spend five years on probation.

Authorities said the Carpenters pleaded guilty to falsely telling the Social Security Administration that her husband no longer was living with her. Oren Carpenter's annual income consequently no longer was considered in determining Reta Carpenter's eligibility for supplemental security income she received.

 

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