Jan 6, 2012 9:07 AM by AP
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A 59-year-old woman and her adult children have pleaded guilty to cashing retirement and Social Security checks meant for a deceased uncle.
U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley says Alberta Murphy, her 33-year-old son, Learrick Murphy, and her 31-year-old daughter, Thelma Murphy, entered the plea to theft of government funds Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Richard T. Haik.
The Murphys, all of Church Point, were accused in a one-count bill of information of forging the name of their uncle who died in October 2001 and cashing his checks. Finley said Thursday that the total loss to the Social Security Administration was $47,198.
A sentencing date has not been set. Each defendant faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.