- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Mitchell woman has been sentenced to three years of probation for misusing more than $57,000 in Social Security benefits that were intended for her daughter following the death of the child’s father.

U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier also ordered Darla Kay Johnson to pay nearly $40,000 in restitution.

Johnson pleaded guilty in December to one count of theft of government, and prosecutors dropped a false statement charge as part of a plea agreement.

Authorities say Johnson misused $57,458 of Social Security child insurance benefits between August 2005 and May 2012. The money was intended to be used on current or future needs of Johnson’s juvenile daughter following the death of her biological father in 2004.

Authorities say Johnson used part of the money to pay off vehicle loans.

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