Woman gets 4 years for impersonating dead mom
Saturday, February 4, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) -- A Whatcom County woman who impersonated her dead mother in order to receive her mother's pension benefits has been sentenced to four years in prison.
The Bellingham Herald reports (http://is.gd/p1BBJY ) that 60-year-old Loewen Craft collected more than $3,000 per month from her mother's pension after Betty Becker died in 2007.
Court documents show that Craft admitted her mother into the hospital shortly before her death using a different name and birthdate so she could collect her mother's social security and pension checks.
Craft pleaded guilty in Whatcom County Superior Court to first-degree theft, first-degree identity theft and six counts of forgery. She must pay nearly $400,000 in restitution.
Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com