• Pittsburgh man accused of collecting $300K in mom's benefits sentenced


    PITTSBURGH - A Pittsburgh man faces a likely prison term when he's sentenced by a federal judge for collecting more than $300,000 worth of Social Security benefits meant for his mother -- who died more than 40 years ago.

    Sixty-five-year-old Chauncey Clinton, of Pittsburgh, pleaded guilty to collecting the benefits after his mother, Clara Clinton, died on May 7, 1973, until April 2012 when the payments were discovered.

    Court documents indicate Clinton faces a recommended sentencing range of 1 1/2 to 2 years in federal prison. He'll also be ordered to repay the money when he's sentenced Thursday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak in Pittsburgh.

     Authorities haven't explained why it took so long to discover the alleged scam, but have said in court papers that Clinton was motivated by "greed" to collect them.

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