Authorities say two South Carolina women who falsely claimed to be blind stole nearly $200,000 in fraudulent Social Security payments before they were caught.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday that 38-year-old Rita Sherlock and 42-year-old Mary Sherlock have been sentenced to five months in federal prison on one count each of theft of government funds.
Prosecutors said the women have been receiving Social Security disability payments since the mid-1990s by claiming to be blind. But officials recently discovered that the pair not only possessed valid South Carolina driver’s licenses, but had also been cited for previous traffic violations.
U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said each woman pleaded guilty. Their prison sentences will be followed by five months of house arrest. Rita Sherlock must also repay the government more than $100,000, while Mary Sherlock must repay nearly $92,000.