Caretaker gets nearly 5 years for fraud

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Associated Press

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 9:32 AM

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A 47-year-old Oregon caregiver has been sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison for her theft of more than $200,000 in Social Security benefits since a man she was caring for died.

Federal prosecutors said Carel June Cody of Cottage Grove was sentenced Tuesday in Eugene by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ann Aiken, who called the woman's actions "an abuse of trust."

According to Cody's admissions and court records, her scheme began in 1996 when she concealed the death of John Arnold and buried his body on private rural property. Prosecutors say Cody forged the dead man's name on checks payable to herself after his Social Security benefits were electronically sent to his bank account each month.

The woman was ordered to pay restitution of more than $203,000. She agreed to give up her home as well as a retirement fund worth about $36,000.

Arnold's remains were never recovered. Cody has not been charged in his death.

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