Woman Ordered to Pay Back $29,000 for Fraud

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A North Platte woman will have to pay back almost $29,000 in Social Security benefits she took from her ward.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Omaha says 51-year-old Peggie Robinson was also sentenced Thursday to four years' probation for the fraud.

The prosecutor says Robinson was appointed in 2006 by Scotts Bluff County Court to be the legal guardian of an incapacitated woman who lived in a Gothenburg nursing home. Robinson was to have set up a trust account to receive the woman's Social Security benefits but instead deposited the money into her own bank account.

The prosecutor says Robinson passed those regular benefits onto the woman but used $29,000 in Social Security money that was awarded to the woman for a previous underpayment for her own expenses.

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