Woman Buried Mother in Backyard–Then Collected Her Social Security for 14 Yrs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn Ohio woman concealed her mother’s death by burying her body in the back yard and then collected the dead women’s Social Security for the next 14 years.

According to the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of the Inspector General, Patricia Hodges, 65, of Marietta, Ohio pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Feb. 27 to one count of theft of government money for hiding her mother’s death in order to continue receiving her mother’s Social Security benefits.

During testimony in a hearing before the Southern District of Ohio, it was revealed that Hodges lied to the SSA in November 2011, saying her mother was on a cruise and was planning on…

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