Woman pleads guilty to stealing dead mom's federal benefits

Woman pleads guilty to stealing dead mom's federal benefits



BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman has pleaded guilty to pretending to be her dead mother so she could steal more than $71,000 worth of her mother's federal benefits.

Prosecutors say 56-year-old Sybil Butler, of Norwalk, waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft of government funds.

Authorities say Butler's mother was entitled to monthly annuity payments following her retirement from the U.S. Postal Service.

Her mother died in June 2014, but Butler impersonated her mother in phone calls to the Office of Personnel Management and forged her mother's signature on numerous documents indicating she was alive.

As a result, more than $71,000 in federal benefits were deposited into their joint bank account.

Butler is free on bail pending sentencing, when she faces up to 10 years in prison.


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