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Woman sentenced to 21 months for collecting dead dad's benefits

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:20 a.m. HST, Feb 14, 2014

A California woman was sentenced to 21 months in prison for receiving disability payments from Hawaii for her father, even though he died in 1990.

Lynsie Williams, of Redlands, Calif., was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Honolulu.

Court documents say her father Edwin Callison qualified for Hawaii disability benefits when he was injured in 1976 at his job at the Kauai Humane Society.

He died in California in 1990 but Williams continued collecting his benefits.

According to a plea agreement, Williams deposited nearly $400,000 in a joint account and forged documents when Hawaii officials wanted to verify her father was still alive.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry Butrick says she'll need to pay that back to the state and must also perform 300 hours of community service.

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pcman wrote:
Here we go again. Freebie from the "ALOHA" state. Judge should have said, pay back before leaving jail by selling all assets, savings, investments and borrowing from relatives who may have gained from her monies. If not she will be required to pay 25% of her earnings after she is released. If she got $20,000 a year for 23 years, that's over $400,000. Does anyone thinks she will earn $1.6Mil after she gets out? LOL
on February 14,2014 | 09:16AM
NoFlippinWay wrote:
21 MONTHS?! That's it? She scammed the state for over two decades for $400,000 and only received 21 months? The system often makes no sense IMO.
on February 14,2014 | 04:31PM
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