June 21, 2018
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Maine woman guilty in benefits theft

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine – A former Waterville resident pleaded guilty Wednesday to collecting surviving spouse veteran’s benefits sent to her aunt for 18 months after the woman died.

Lorraine M. Rich, 57, of Bradenton, Fla., faces up to 10 years in federal prison for the theft of the more than $25,000 in benefits sent to her aunt, Cora Thompson, after the woman’s death in April 2004.

Rich also faces up to five years in prison for lying on an application for housing assistance when she did not declare the income from illegally obtained VA benefits.

A sentencing date has not been set.

Rich also could be ordered to pay restitution.

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