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Weston mom sentenced to 6 months in prison

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MADISON (WAOW) – A Weston woman convicted of stealing about $52,000 in Social Security disability money targeted for her son was sentenced to six months in federal prison, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Susan Schepp, 54, pleaded guilty to theft of government funds in February, U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil said.

Besides the prison term, Schepp was sentenced Monday to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $52,451 in restitution, Vaudreuil said in a statement.

Schepp's son had received Social Security disability payments until 2003 when the mother told him the payments were stopping because he was employed, Vaudreuil said.

The mother controlled a joint account with the son while he was a teenager and never notified the Social Security Administration that the son was working full-time, Vaudreuil said.

From 2003 to 2008, the disability payments were deposited into the joint account and the mother transferred the money to her own account, the prosecutor said.

The son discovered the fraud and reported it to Social Security investigators, Vaudreuil said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Anderson said Schepp told investigators she used the money for personal expenses and never returned forms that the Social Security Administration mailed out inquiring about the son's employment status.

Schepp has repaid about $42,000 of the money obtained fraudulently, Anderson said.

The maximum punishment Schepp faced was 10 years in prison.

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