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Woman gets home detention for stealing Social Security checks

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HAMMOND, Ind. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A northwest Indiana woman will serve 10 months of home detention in exchange for pleading guilty to stealing more than $32,000 from the Social Security Administration, the Post-Tribune is reporting.

The home detention is part of 16 months Lakita Lee, 35, of Gary must serve on probation. During her sentencing hearing last week in U.S. District Court in Hammond, Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen also ordered her to pay a $1,000 fine and $32,608 restitution.

According to court records, Lee became a representative for a senior citizen neighbor in 2008, meaning she received the woman's Social Security checks. The woman died that December, but Lee never told the Social Security Administration and kept collecting the checks until March 2012.

According to the government, Lee used the money for her own expenses, including funding a daily marijuana habit. She also filed for unemployment in 2011 and 2012, and didn't report the money she got from the checks, meaning she also stole from the state of Indiana, federal attorneys claim.

Lee's attorney, Ashwin Cattamanchi, argued in filings that although Lee knowingly kept taking the money after the woman died, she protected the woman while she was alive from the woman's nephew, who wanted Lee to send her the money to him in prison.

Cattamanchi also claimed Lee voluntarily stopped taking the money in March 2012 because she didn't fill out the form needed to continue receiving it.

Although the government asked that Lee serve 10 months in prison, Van Bokkelen granted a request for probation.

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