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Springfield woman gets probation for stealing Social Security benefits

She used the money for various personal expenses, authorities said.


BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to five years probation for stealing more than $260,000 in Social Security retirement benefits intended for a relative, federal prosecutors said.

Debbie Moore, 57, of Springfield, was ordered by a judge Tuesday to spend the first six months of her probationary period under house arrest and also ordered to pay full restitution, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston.

The money intended for Moore’s aunt-in-law was deposited into a bank account controlled by Moore from November 2003 through February 2018 even though her relative had died, prosecutors said.

She used the money for various personal expenses, authorities said.

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She pleaded guilty in September to a charge of theft of government money.

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