Woman to change plea in dead mother-in-law fraud case

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut woman charged with stealing thousands of dollars from her dead mother-in-law’s bank account as it continued to receive Social Security deposits is expected to take a plea deal.

Maryanne Stephens is scheduled to enter a plea to one count of theft of public money Monday in federal court in New Haven. It’s not clear whether she plans to plead guilty or no contest. Her lawyer declined to comment.

Authorities say Stephens’ mother-in-law died in 1998, but about $200,000 in Social Security benefits were deposited into her bank account in the years after her death.

Prosecutors say Stephens forged her mother-in-law’s signature on numerous checks.

Stephens is a former Rocky Hill resident who moved to Ireland. She surrendered her passport after her arrest and is free on bail.

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