Western Missouri pair sentenced for bilking Social Security
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.