Calhoun woman sentenced for theft of more than $100,000 in government funds
A Calhoun woman was sentenced last week to a year in prison for stealing more than $100,000 of government money, to which she was not entitled, from her deceased mother’s account.
Megan Elliott Wilson, 43, was sentenced on one count of theft of government funds. She was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $102,604.75 in restitution.
According to the guilty plea, Anne Elliott, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Social Security Administration program beneficiary, died in August of 2009. The government agencies were initially unaware of Elliott’s death and paid $77,942.75 in VA benefits and $24,662 in SSA benefits via direct deposit to a bank account in Elliott’s name.
Upon learning of Elliott’s death, the agencies attempted to reclaim the funds, but the funds had been fraudulently withdrawn from the account by Elliott’s daughter, Megan Elliott Wilson, who accessed the funds online and forged checks on the account converting the funds to her own use.
The total loss to the government is $102,604.75.