ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) – A central Florida man who collected his mother’s Social Security payments for years after her death has been sentenced to two years in federal prison.
Fifty-four-year-old Bobby Morlen, from Deltona, pleaded guilty in January to the theft of government funds.READ MORE: COVID In Florida: Memorial Healthcare System Suspending Elective Procedures Aug. 9
Morlen’s mother was receiving Social Security Retirement Insurance Benefits when she died in August 2014, according to court records. Her death was never reported to the Social Security Administration, and the benefit payments continued.READ MORE: 'Above Average' Hurricane Season Still Forecast In NOAA Update
Prosecutors said Morlen continued to access the funds, totaling $131,457, and use them for his own personal expenses until last year.
As part of his sentence, Morlen must repay the stolen money.MORE NEWS: Broward School Board Backtracks On Mask Mandate Decision, Will Meet Aug. 10 To Discuss
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