The Pendleton Panther

Florida Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Funds

Posted on: September 25, 2009

courtroom-hammerPenelope Sharon Jordan, age 61, from Sebastion Florida recently owed over $230,000 to the U.S. government.  The money owed to the government got into her hands because she kept her mothers body after she died.  Police said that they found the body in a spare bedroom in March of 2009, and that the mother had died before December of 2001.  Jordan told the court that she hid the body in order to continue to collect her mothers social security and military pension benefits.  Over the six years that she hid the body, she received $61,415 from social security payments and $176,461 from the military pension.  Overall, she was ordered to pay $237,876 to the government.  Penelope Jordan was sentenced a year and a day in prison for the theft of government funds.  The autopsy of the mothers body showed no signs of foul play or abuse.  The prison sentence wasn’t for keeping her mothers body for over six years, it was for the theft of government funds.

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