Cleveland woman sentenced for stealing dead mom’s government assistance

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CLEVELAND– Two Cuyahoga County women were sentenced for stealing thousands of dollars in government assistance benefits.

Barbara J. Clark, 63, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty last year to one count of theft of public money last year. She was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay $188,973 in restitution to the Social Security Administration.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Clark started stealing her mother’s benefits after she died in June 1983. She withdrew money from their shared account for more than 30 years.

In a separate case, 60-year-old Kathryn Pulley, of Garfield Heights, was sentenced to eighth months in prison after pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money. She must also pay more than $58,00 in Social Security benefits.

From June 2007 to April 2015, Pulley hid her marriage from the SSA to receive money to which she wasn’t entitled, authorities said.