SEATTLE: Woman sentenced for Social Security fraud

June 23, 2013 

A Seattle woman has been sentenced to 18 months in prison plus three years of probation for illegally collecting her dad’s Social Security benefits for more than 19 years after he died.

Fifty-seven-year-old Patty Buchanan was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court. U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said Buchanan forged documents and even had someone impersonate her father on the telephone so she could continue collecting his Social Security after he died in 1993. She was charged with making more than $900,000 in fraudulent collections.

U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman also ordered Buchanan to pay nearly $240,000 in restitution.

The Associated Press

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