A woman who had a joint checking account with a Roundup woman who was receiving Social Security benefits has pleaded guilty to continuing to collect the payments for nearly two years after the woman died.
52-year-old Florence Irene Jara pleaded guilty to theft of government money Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn Ostby.
Charging documents say Jara continued collecting $2,100 in monthly benefits intended for Patricia Lennon, who died on May 19, 2010. The government didn't stop the payments, including $1,000 for Lennon's son, until February 2012 because it had not been notified of Lennon's death.
Jara told investigators she gave much of the money to her brother, who she said was Lennon's fiance, because she felt Lennon's son was still entitled to some of the money. She said she kept about $12,000.