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Woman sentenced for getting dead granny's benefits

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- A Southern California lawyer who collected her grandmother's Social Security payments for 12 years after the woman's death has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.

Audrey Owens of Upland was sentenced Monday.

Owens was a deputy public defender for Riverside County until she retired last fall.

Authorities say after her grandmother died in 2000, Owens changed the address of a joint account they shared and collected nearly $130,000 in Social Security payments.

She pleaded guilty in March to two counts of theft of government property.

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