- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has scheduled a September sentencing for a 71-year-old man who pleaded guilty to stealing Social Security payments.

Robert Noonan pleaded guilty last August to theft of government property. He faces up 10 years in prison and has agreed to pay $275,000 in restitution to the Social Security Administration.

Prosecutors say Noonan shared a bank account with a woman who was receiving Social Security benefits before she disappeared in 1997.

But Social Security officials were never notified of the woman’s disappearance and continued to issue benefits into her bank account until early 2014.

Noonan’s sentencing has been delayed several times. His public defender filed court papers in April saying Noonan has serious medical concerns, and that she was awaiting medical files from the Veterans Administration.

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