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Woman sentenced to 2 years probation for stealing dead mother's benefits

A Williamsville woman convicted of stealing her dead mother's Social Security checks has been sentenced to two years probation and a year of home detention by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Diane Cleversley, 68, failed to notify the Social Security Administration of her mother’s death in 2001 and, as a result, Social Security checks continued to be deposited into a joint savings account held by Cleversley and her mother, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Cleversley then transferred funds from the joint savings account into her own checking account. Cleversley, a retired social worker, stole a total of $176,405 between July 2001 and February 2017. The government recovered $104,051 from the savings account and Cleversley has repaid the Social Security Administration restitution totaling $72,354, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

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