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Woman gets five years probation for theft of Social Security funds

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A Bon Homme County woman was sentenced Monday to five years probation for stealing more than $1,000 in Social Security benefits given to a family member.

Shelly Jones-Hegge, of Springfield, pleaded guilty on Sept. 26 to a federal charge of stealing the Title XVI program benefits between Dec. 3, 2013, and July 1, 2017.

Jones-Hegge was initially charged with five additional counts of theft of government funds, with an indictment filed on Dec. 4, 2018, alleging she had also stolen from the Social Security Administration between January 2015 and April 2018 and from the U.S. Department of Agriculture between 2013 and 2017.

The indictment also alleged she had underreported her total household income in 2013 and 2014 and had falsely reported between July 2011 and September 2017 that her spouse was no longer living with her and providing income to the household.

Jones-Hegge was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.

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