MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A Tampa-area man has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for collecting his mother’s Social Security payments for nearly a decade after her death.

A federal judge in Tampa sentenced Robert Miller, 54, earlier this week, according to court documents. The Brandon man pleaded guilty in January to theft of government funds.

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Miller’s mother was receiving Social Security Retirement Insurance Benefits when she died in December 2009, according to court records. Her death was never reported to the Social Security Administration, and the benefit payments continued. Prosecutors said Miller continued to access the funds, totaling $75,984, and use them for his own personal expenses until June 2019.

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As part of his sentence, Miller must repay the stolen money.

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