- Associated Press - Monday, August 6, 2018

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $300,000 in federal Social Security and veterans’ benefits to which she was not entitled.

Federal prosecutors say 71-year-old Joyce Progin, of Leominster, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of theft of public funds.

Authorities say Progin was the caregiver for her father-in-law, who died in November 2009. At the time of his death, he was receiving monthly benefit payments from both Social Security and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Prosecutors say Progin did not advise either agency of his death and both continued to deposit benefits into a bank account he held jointly with Progin until March 2017.

Progin faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing scheduled for Nov. 2.

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