Man sentenced for stealing from Social Security

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for stealing nearly $85,000 from his dead mother’s Social Security benefits.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas City says 40-year-old Jeffery Schwed of Liberty also will have to repay the government $84,137 in the sentence handed down Monday.

Schwed pleaded guilty in February to theft of government money. Prosecutors say his mother died in March 2007 but her monthly disabled divorced widow’s insurance benefits continued to be deposited through April 2012 into an account Schwed jointly owned.

He admitted converting at least some of those payments for his own use.

Some of the payments were made while he was incarcerated, and prosecutors say unknown persons withdrew roughly $18,000 during that time.

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