Ex-Lawyer Sentenced, Ordered To Repay Stolen S.S. Benefits

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A former Omaha attorney who was disbarred in 2010 over mishandled Social Security payments meant for her clients has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

The U.S. Attorney's office for Nebraska announced the sentence for 47-year-old Kim Denise Erwin-Loncke on Thursday. Prosecutors say Erwin-Loncke spent nearly $93,000 in benefits over two years that were supposed to go to her clients.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Erwin-Loncke served as a legal guardian for a number of people in nursing homes and appointed herself as a representative who had the power to receive their Social Security payments. Prosecutors say she wrote checks on her clients' accounts, deposited them in her business accounts and used the money to support her lifestyle.

A judge has ordered Erwin-Loncke to repay the money.

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