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Caseworker placed on probation for lying to FBI about taking disabled woman's car

A Buffalo woman who formerly worked for a nonprofit social services agency was placed on probation Monday for lying to the FBI about how she took title to a disabled woman's car.

Rhonda Henderson, 48, pleaded guilty in May to making a false statement during a June 19, 2014, FBI interview. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo ordered $3,500 in restitution to the victim and placed Henderson on five years' probation, starting with six months of house arrest, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced.

The woman inherited the 1999 Honda when her mother died in 2013, and planned to give it to her daughter, according to a grand jury indictment that accused Henderson of accompanying the woman, a patient of hers, to a motor vehicle office and helping her fill out forms that directed a new vehicle title to Henderson.

Henderson told the FBI that she did this with the woman's authorization and had permission to forge the disabled woman's name on the form, Kennedy said.

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