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December 12, 2012

SHEILA MORRIS, age 61, of Gramercy, Louisiana, was sentenced today in federal court before U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval to five years probation after pleading guilty to stealing public funds, announced U. S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

According to the indictment, MORRIS’s father was a qualified recipient of Social Security benefits. Following her father’s death in October 1994 and continuing through September 2011, MORRIS received and negotiated, in some cases by forging her father’s signature, United States Treasury checks made payable to her father. The indictment charges that, in total, MORRIS stole approximately $261,665.00 in money belonging to the United States to which she was not entitled.

The case was investigated by Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Hayden Brockett and Spiro Latsis.

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