Missouri woman sentenced for hiding mom’s death, collecting benefits

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A woman has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after federal prosecutors said she hid her mother’s death from the Social Security Administration for 20 years and kept $185,000 in retirement benefits.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports 46-year-old Mildred McClimans-Ratliff was sentenced Thursday. She had pleaded guilty in April to three felony counts of theft of government funds.

Prosecutors said McClimans-Ratliff began spending her mother’s Social Security benefits in November 1994.
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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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