Probation for Pa. woman in SS check theft case

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman who pleaded guilty to charges that she collected Social Security benefits meant for her father for more than two decades after he died has been placed on probation for five years.

Fifty-six-year-old Roni Halsel of the Hazelwood neighborhood in Pittsburgh pleaded guilty in April in federal court in Pittsburgh to theft of government money.

Prosecutors said she cashed checks totaling about $180,000 that were meant for Robert Shelton, who died in 1989.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry also ordered Halsel on Wednesday to pay back more than $179,000.

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