Metro-East woman admits cashing late mother’s government aid

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- An East St. Louis woman faces up to a decade in federal prison now that she’s admitted cashing her mother’s Social Security checks after the elder woman’s death.

Fifty-one-year-old Lawanda Lewis pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis to one count of theft of government funds.

Federal prosecutors say Lewis admitted taking actions to continue collecting what amounted to nearly $23,000 in her deceased mother’s Social Security payments from February 2009 through September 2010.

Lewis also faces up to $250,000 in fines when sentenced Jan. 11.

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