UPDATE: West Texas Woman Gets 10 Years in Prison for Claiming Dead Father's Benefits

UPDATE: West Texas Woman Gets 10 Years in Prison for Claiming Dead Father's Benefits

A federal judge handed down a sentence for Judith Broughton, 49, in Pecos county on Friday.
PECOS, TEXAS (Local Big 2 News) A Terlingua woman gets the maximum sentence, 10 years in prison, for claiming nearly a quarter of a million dollar in social security benefits on her dead father's behalf, according to officials.

Judith Broughton, 49, pleaded guilty to the crime back on July 3, officials say.

A federal judge handed down the sentence on Friday and also ordered Broughton to pay a $245,000 restitution fee, according to investigators.


ORIGINAL STORY:

PECOS, TX (Local Big 2 News) - A Terlingua woman admits to claiming nearly a quarter of a million dollars worth of social security benefits on her dead father's behalf.

Judith Broughton, 49, pleaded guilty to fraud charges in a Pecos federal courtroom on Thursday after investigators say she claimed $245,226 worth of her dead fathers' social security benefits.

Officials say she committed the crime over a 21-year span, from 1990 - 2011. Broughton admitted that her father died in 1990, and she continued to make payments on a Kentucky storage unit in his name. That's where investigators discovered his mummified body, in January of this year, according to authorities.

Prior to Broughton's arrest she was living with her mother, Mary Elizabeth Broughton, whose been missing since her daughter's arrest.

Investigators say Mary was also a beneficiary of the social security payments, which was deposited into a joint account that included Judith.

Judith Broughton remains in custody with a sentence hearing pending. Officials say she faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

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