- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A 68-year-old Philadelphia woman was sentenced to serve 18 months in federal prison for defrauding the government and receiving more than $250,000 in retirement benefits for her husband for more than a decade after he died.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1EXIMuH) Shirley Goldwire pleaded guilty in April to two counts of theft of government funds. She was ordered to pay $264,021 in restitution at her sentencing Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Goldwire’s husband, Frederick, died in 1998 but she kept him alive on paper for 14 years.

The scheme was uncovered by the Social Security Administration when they called Goldwire through their Centenarian Project, which has agents call beneficiaries over the age of 100 to verify that they are still alive.

Goldwire admitted the scam to investigators in 2014.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Daily News, https://www.philly.com

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