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Norwalk Woman Admits To Stealing Dead Mother's Annuity Payments For Years

Federal courthouse in Bridgeport
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A Fairfield County woman will face time behind bars after impersonating her dead mother and cashing her annuity payments for years.

Norwalk resident Sybil Butler, has pleaded guilty in Bridgeport federal court to one count of theft of government funds for her scheme that netted tens of thousands of dollars.

Butler’s mother, a former U.S. Postal Service employee, received monthly annuity payments following her retirement. She died in June 2014, at which point Butler’s scheme began.

According to U.S. Attorney John Durham, between June 2014 and October 2016, Butler impersonated her mother in phone calls to the Office of Personnel Management, and forged her mother’s signature on numerous documents to indicate that her mother was alive.

In total, Butler deposited $71,701.13 in federal annuity benefits into a joint bank account she shared with her mother before her death.

Butler, 56, was arrested on Oct. 3 last year. She remains released on a $10,000 bond, pending sentencing, when she will face up to 10 years in prison. No sentencing date has been scheduled.

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