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California woman cashed dead mom’s Social Security checks for 24 years

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A California woman who collected nearly $ 300,000 worth of her dead mother’s Social Security checks for 24 years, the financing for her own car payments, airline tickets and overnight stay in a hotel along the way, was on Tuesday sentenced to 13 months in prison.

Federal prosecutors said Emma Carter Alexander, 66, began with the care of her mother, Dorothy Griffin, around April 1991. Quickly, Carter Alexander was approved by the government to get — and money — Griffin’s Social Security checks, something Carter-Alexander, of Vallejo, California, every month.

And when her mother died in 1993, Carter-Alexander did not stop.

The scheme, which included dutifully send the annual reports to the Social Security Administration documenting how the money was spent, ended in February 2017. During the 24 year, the government sent the checks, Carter-Alexander cashed in on $298,168.20, the Sacramento Bee reported.

They used the money to pay credit card and car bills, air tickets and finances of the hotel says — as well as shop in shops, court documents said.

In addition to 13 months in prison, Carter Alexander was ordered to repay the money to the government, to begin with quarterly payments of $25 while they locked up.

“It is a puzzling case,” U. S. District Judge John A. Mendez said. “This is a person who, but for this crime, has done some admirable things in her life.”

The Sacramento Bee reported Carter-Alexander, who had no prior criminal record, said she was deeply remorseful.

Court documents, however, showed how Carter-Alexander made sure that the check kept coming.

Ten years after her mother died, Carter Alexander moved from Houston to California — and filed a change of address for her mother. They also signed each year in the annual report, documents that warned against making false statements “under penalty of perjury.”

“At any moment, Carter Alexander may have come clean and stopped the payments to her deceased mother,” the condemnation of the memo stated, according to the Sacramento Bee. “Instead, Carter-Alexander sought to conceal her conversion of the public funds, and by doing so was able to continue with her fraud for more than 20 years.”

Carter, Alexander was ordered to surrender to authorities Jan. 23.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang

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