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Man sentenced for stealing deceased Greenville woman’s social security checks

A Georgia man has been sentenced to one year and one day of incarceration on four counts of bank fraud for cashing a Greenville woman’s social security checks after her death.

Jerome Phillips of Powder Springs, Ga., continued to cash social security checks of Clemmie Curry, a Greenville resident, who died in September of 1993. Phillips did not know Curry, but she had previously lived where Phillips’ mother resides, said Kylle’ McKinney, public affairs specialist for the Social Security Administration.

Phillips was sentenced by United States District Judge Myron H. Thompson of the Middle District Court. He pleaded guilty to the crime on Oct. 16, 2009.

He will be required to pay a special assessment fee of $400 and restitution to the Social Security Adminstration in the amount of $84,587, to Wal-Mart $4,585, and to the Guardian Credit Union $2,751.

The case was initiated by the United States Secret Service and the Greenville Police Department.