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Elderly woman bilked Social Security for $101K

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Posted at 9:27 PM, Dec 01, 2014
and last updated 2015-11-26 21:27:52-05

A 79-year-old woman who bilked the Social Security system for more than two decades will not be going to prison.

In 1992, Bernice Robinson of Buffalo began to collect Social Security checks when her husband passed away. Six years later, she used a false name and birth certificate to apply for and began to receive additional benefits.

Robinson remarried and when her second husband died in 2001, she again began collecting widow benefits. Nine years later, she used the same scheme to begin receiving additional benefits.

All told, Robinson bilked the system for $101,150.95.

On Monday, a federal judge ordered she pay restitution and sentenced her to three years supervised release.