Authorities: OH woman buried mother, cashed checks

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio woman who buried her mother in her yard and cashed the dead woman's Social Security checks for 14 years has been sentenced to 30 days in prison.

Federal authorities say 66-year-old Patricia Hodges, of Marietta, also was sentenced Wednesday in Columbus to six months of home confinement and ordered to repay more than $141,000. Hodges had pleaded guilty to theft of government money for cashing Janet Kelly's checks.

Social Security officials say Hodges told them in 2011 that her mother was on a cruise. Authorities found that Kelly had died in 1997 and Hodges buried her in the backyard of the Lake Worth, Fla., home where they had lived.

Prosecutors say Hodges admitted concealing the death to collect benefits.

Hodges' attorney didn't return a call Wednesday.

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