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Jury convicts prisoner and daughter-in-law for Social Security fraud

March 29, 2016
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A jury has convicted an 80-year-old prisoner and his daughter-in-law of conspiracy to defraud the Social Security Administration.

U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles' office said that David McPeters and 57-year-old Kathryn McPeters of Battle Creek were convicted last week.

David McPeters has been a Michigan Department of Corrections inmate since receiving two life sentences for murder.

Evidence showed the two conspired to get around a law barring prisoners from getting Social Security retirement benefits.

Kathryn McPeters used David McPeters' name and personal information to apply for benefits on his behalf, but hid that he was incarcerated.

The scheme netted them roughly $250,000 between 2006 and 2015, with the majority of benefits going to Kathryn McPeters.

Sentencing hadn't yet been scheduled.

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