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Monroe woman sentenced to 2 years for stealing more than $200,000 in Social Security payments

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MONROE, Louisiana — Federal prosecutors say a 53-year-old Monroe woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing more than $200,000 in Social Security payments.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says Cassandra D. Ellis was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James on one count of theft of government funds.

She was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $206,325 restitution.

According to evidence presented at a hearing on Jan. 21, Ellis deposited and used her deceased grandmother's Social Security benefit checks, to which she was not entitled. She also led Social Security officials to believe her grandmother was alive in order to continue receiving the checks. The total amount taken was $206,325.

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