- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal appeals panel has upheld the conviction of a Gulfport woman for Social Security fraud for collecting $82,000 in government benefits for 12 years for a child who did not live with her.

Vicki L. Berry pleaded guilty earlier this year to stealing money she wasn’t eligible to receive from the Social Security Survivor’s Insurance Benefits program. She was sentenced to six months in prison followed by six months of home confinement. She also was ordered to pay restitution.

A federal indictment Berry received $83,295 over a 12-year period from August 1998 to May 2010.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Monday Berry’s challenge to her sentence and the restitution.

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