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Woman must repay Social Security

Published Sep. 3, 2005

A woman arrested last year on charges that she diverted about $6,000 of her father's Social Security benefits for her own use _ while neglecting to pay his nursing home bills _ has been sentenced to five years' probation.

Brenda Batten Campbell, 28, was charged with elderly exploitation and grand theft in October after an investigation by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Investigators said Campbell might have used some of her 58-year-old father's money to bail her brother out of jail.

She faced up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. She pleaded guilty to the charges in April and was sentenced July 15.

She will spend 75 days in confinement as a condition of her probation. She also was ordered to repay her father $6,278 and the Social Security Administration $2,720. She also must pay $1,790 in fines and costs, according to court records.

Bookkeeper gets probation in scheme

CLEARWATER _ A former bookkeeper accused of stealing more than $57,300 from the business where she worked has been sentenced to 15 years' probation.

Lorie A. Deluca, 39, was arrested in August on charges that she created fake employees, wrote payroll checks to them and then deposited the checks into her account, arrest reports state.

Deluca had worked at Primary Structures Inc. in Clearwater, where she wrote 39 fraudulent checks.

Deluca pleaded guilty to charges of scheming to defraud and grand theft on May 31. She was sentenced to 15 years' probation and ordered to pay $57,302.76 in restitution to Primary Structures.

A clerk at the company, Amy M. Oday, 26, was charged with writing 17 checks totaling $10,400. Oday's case was dismissed Monday after she completed a pretrial intervention program.