Cottage Grove caretaker held in benefits theft

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge in Eugene declined a pre-trial release for a Cottage Grove caretaker accused of taking a man's Social Security benefits for 16 years after he died.

The decision Wednesday means 46-year-old Carel June Cody will be held until her July 24 trial.

The U.S. attorney's office says she's been linked to three other suspicious deaths of elderly men and has a history of neglecting patients and misusing their money.

The Register-Guard reports (http://is.gd/PN4AyL ) Cody pleaded not guilty Wednesday to theft charges. She has not been charged in the death of John Arnold. Douglas County detectives believe he died around 1995 and was secretly buried.

Cody told investigators she concealed the death because she knew state welfare officials would disapprove of her living conditions and her pet monkey.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com