Woman Sentenced For Defrauding Social Security

Jun 20, 2013

A Marietta woman who buried her mother in her yard and cashed her Social Security checks for 14 years has been sentenced to 30 days in prison.

66-year-old Patricia Hodges also was sentenced Wednesday to six months of home confinement and ordered to repay more than 141 thousand dollars. Social Security officials say Hodges told them in 2011 her mother was on a cruise. Authorities found Janice Kelly died in 1997 and Hodges buried her in the backyard of the Florida home where they lived.