Man faces prison in benefits scheme
January 24, 2014 10:30 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pittsburgh man faces a likely prison term when he’s sentenced by a federal judge for collecting more than $300,000 worth of Social Security benefits meant for his mother — who died more than 40 years ago.

Chauncey Clinton, 65, of Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty to collecting the benefits after his mother, Clara Clinton, died on May 7, 1973, until April 2012 when the payments were discovered.

Court documents indicate Clinton faces a recommended sentencing range of 1ᄑ to 2 years in federal prison. He’ll also be ordered to repay the money.

Authorities haven’t explained why it took so long to discover the alleged scam, but have said in court papers that Clinton was motivated by “greed” to collect them.

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