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$45,000 In Benefits Collected

BANGOR, Maine -- A 48-year-old Eddington woman has been sentenced for collecting more than $45,000 in Social Security benefits intended for her disabled daughter.

Felicia Brooks was sentenced Friday in federal court in Bangor to one month in prison followed by five months of home confinement and three years of supervised released. She was ordered to repay $45,551 to the government.

According to court documents, Brooks' developmentally disabled daughter began receiving benefits in 1998, the same year that Brooks and her husband divorced. The state removed Brooks' daughter from her custody in 2000, but Brooks continued to receive and spend her daughter's disability checks for the next seven years.
Brooks' attorney asked the judge to not impose any jail time because of her mental health problems.
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