Woman gets 4 years for impersonating dead mom

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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.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, http://www.bellinghamherald.com