- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh man has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for collecting more than $300,000 worth of Social Security benefits meant for his mother - who died more than 40 years ago.

Sixty-five-year-old Chauncey Clinton, of Pittsburgh, was sentenced Thursday by a federal judge in Pittsburgh. He had pleaded guilty in September to collecting the benefits after his mother, Clara Clinton, died on May 7, 1973, until April 2012 when the payments were discovered.

U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak also ordered Clinton to repay $302,803, the outstanding balance on the $304,853 he acknowledged stealing.

Authorities haven’t explained why it took so long to discover the alleged scam, but say greed motivated Clinton to continue cashing the checks.

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