A Fairfield County woman has been ordered to pay more than $70,000 in annuity benefits she stole from her late mother.
Sybil Butler, 57, of Norwalk, was sentenced in Bridgeport district court to three years of probation for stealing the benefits. She must also pay the $71,701.13 in restitution, pay a $1,000 fine and complete 150 hours of community service.
Butler’s mother received monthly annuity payments following her retirement from the U.S. Postal Service, U.S. Attorney John Durham said. Butler’s mother died in June 2014, but between June 2014 and October 2016, she impersonated her mother in phone calls to the Office of Personnel Management, and also forged her mother’s signature on numerous documents indicating that her mother was alive.
As a result, $71,701.13 in federal annuity benefits were deposited into Butler’s and her mother’s joint bank account after her mother’s death.
Butler was arrested on a criminal complaint in October last year and on March 5, she pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government funds.
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