When Diane Cleversley's mother died, her Social Security checks kept coming. And for 15 years, Cleversley kept the money.
U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara on Tuesday sentenced Cleversley to a year of home confinement for her theft of $176,405 in Social Security benefits.
Now 68, the Williamsville woman told Arcara she was "disgraced" and "humiliated," and regrets her actions.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque said Cleversley failed to notify the Social Security Administration of her mother’s death in 2001 and, every month for the next 15 years, collected the checks that were deposited into a joint savings account held by Cleversley and her mother.
Cleversley's sentence is the result of an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the Social Security Administration.