- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - A man from Manchester-by-the-Sea has been given a year of probation and three months of home confinement for stealing $160,000 worth of Social Security benefits.

Charles Gerbutavich was also ordered in federal court in Boston on Tuesday to pay full restitution and a $3,000 fine.

Prosecutors say from 1993 after his father died, until 2014, the now 71-year-old Gerbutavich continued to receive his deceased father’s monthly Social Security benefits through direct deposits into a bank account under both their names.

Gerbutavich pleaded guilty in October to a charge of stealing public money.

Gerbutavich told The Gloucester Daily Times (http://bit.ly/1EG4b9X ) that he has already paid the restitution and “we’re square.”

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Information from: Gloucester (Mass.) Daily Times, http://www.gloucestertimes.com

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