Social Security Thief Sentenced

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — A judge sentenced a Cottage Grove caretaker, Tuesday, for stealing social security benefits.

Carel Cody, 47, of Cottage Grove was sentenced to nearly 5 years in prison for her theft of more than $200,000 in social security benefits since a man she was caring for died.

According to court records, Cody’s scheme began in 1996 when she concealed the death of John Arnold and buried his body on private rural property.

Prosecutors say Cody forged the dead man’s name on checks payable to herself after his social security benefits were electronically sent to his bank account each month.

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