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U.S. Attorney’s Office Sentences Woman to 4-year Probation for Fraud

June 4, 2012

Omaha, Nebr. – The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Omaha sentenced a woman to four years of probation Thursday for pocketing her ward’s Social Security benefits, reports said.

Peggie Robinson, a 51-year-old woman from North Platte, Nebraska, was also asked to pay back nearly $29,000 as restitution.

According to the prosecutor, Scotts Bluff County Court assigned Robinson in 2006 as a legal guardian to an injured woman who was housed in a Gothenburg nursing home.

Robinson was tasked to create a trust account on behalf of the injured woman for her to receive Social Security benefits. However, she instead claimed the benefits as her own by depositing the funds to her personal bank account.

The prosecutor further said that Robinson still managed to provide the injured woman regular benefits, but she used $29,000 worth of Social Security money for her personal purchases and payments.

The said amount was awarded to the injured woman for a previous underpayment.

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