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Pickens woman faces prison for taking veterans benefits

FLORENCE, SC (AP) A South Carolina woman could get up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after her conviction for using her husband's name to collect veteran's benefits.

Federal prosecutors say 26-year-old Megan Mosteller of Pickens was convicted by a federal jury trial in Florence of stealing more than $37,000 from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Mosteller married Jeremy Mosteller but separated from him after a few months in 2007. The Marine died in March 2008. Megan Mosteller filed for survivor benefits days later, claiming to have continuously lived with her husband until his death.

She remarried five months later, but kept using the Mosteller name to continue collecting government benefits.

U.S. District Judge Terry Wooten will impose sentence after reviewing a presentencing report on the case.

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