Baton Rouge woman pleads guilty to stealing government funds

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - A Baton Rouge woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $50,000 in government funds. 

According to Acting U.S. Attorney Corey R. Amundson, 66-year-old Doris Pitcher is accused of collecting her mother's Retirement Survivor Insurance payments for 15 years after her death. 

In 1989, Pitcher became authorized to used the funds to assist in paying for her mother's food, housing, clothing, medical expenses, personal items and other expenses. 

After her mother's death in May 2000, Pitcher failed to report her passing and continued to accept the payments on her behalf. The payments totaled $49, 863. 

As a result of her conviction of theft of government funds, Pitcher could face up to 10 years in prison. 



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