SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The U.S. Attorney’s office alleges that a woman from Hampshire County stole more than $45,000 in Social Security benefits that were intended for her dead mother.
Fifty-two year-old Shirley Warner of Haydenville was indicted in U.S. District Court in Springfield, charged with theft of public money. Prosecutors claim that for a period of nearly four years, between August of 2010 and March of 2014, Warner was pocketing benefits that had been intended for her mother, who had died.
If convicted, Warner could serve a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, though the U.S. Attorney’s office says that actual sentences are usually less than the maximums.