- 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.

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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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