- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to fraudulently receiving more than $100,000 in welfare benefits.

The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/1J1tobR ) reports that 45-year-old Heidi Narcisse pleaded guilty to theft of public money in federal court Thursday.

Federal prosecutors say Narcisse was collecting Social Security Supplemental Security Income disability benefits as well as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. They say she falsely claimed she to be separated from her husband and living alone with children while receiving no outside assistance.

But authorities say she and her husband bought a house in Gardner, listed that address on their driver’s licenses, and filed joint tax returns with the same address.

Narcisse faces up to 10 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 9.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com

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