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Woman pleads guilty to theft from retirement fund

TIFTON, Ga. — Chiquita Rivers of Sylvester pleaded guilty to stealing more than $19,000 that was paid into her dead grandmother’s bank account from Teachers’ Retirement System of Georgia, stated a Georgia Department of Law report.

Tift County Superior Court Judge Melanie B. Cross on Thursday sentenced Rivers to four years in prison to be followed by 16 years on probation. She also must pay more than $19,000 in restitution.

The report said that the retirement funds had been mistakenly paid into the account after the grandmother’s 1994 death. The death was discovered by officials in 2010. Rivers cashed forged checks on the account.

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whattheheck 1 year, 4 months ago

Fraud doesn't get more clear cut than this one. To me, the instant case raises questions on how retirement benefits are terminated at death by this or any retirement system. Is it all based on voluntary reporting of a death by relatives? If so, this ain't likely the only one going on.

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bubbavet 1 year, 4 months ago

I blame the government as much as the one who kept it. It is like entrapment and Medicaid. It is all screwed up.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 4 months ago

Well, it's obvious that Louis Sands did not preside over this case. He only gave the Camilla pharmacist that stole millions in a medicare fraud scheme 30 months and then has not let the government put him behind the pipes. Way to go your honer! You should be brought up on charges of malfeasance, misfeasance and nonfeasnance. You are one of the reasons medicare and medicaid are under attack.

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