Woman Charged With Stealing Social Benefits

A Franklin County woman is facing  federal charges for allegedly stealing Social Security benefits.  

The  U.S. Justice Department says Marie Coleman of Orange was charged in  federal court in Springfield  on Monday.  

Coleman allegedly took more than 65-thousand dollars in  benefits while serving as the representative payee for an individual who  was receiving them.  

Prosecutors say she failed to report that she was  no longer living with the individual in November of 2008, but continued  to receive the benefits through January of 2017.

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