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St. Louis man admits receiving $144K in payments meant for step-mother

St. Louis man admits receiving $144K in payments meant for step-mother

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ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis man pleaded guilty to a federal charge Monday and admitted receiving $144,000 in Social Security funds intended for his step-mother, who died years ago, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Robert Fountaine, 56, was cashing checks on behalf of Ethel Barbee after her September 1999 death, and had certified that the money would go to her or be used for her care, prosecutors said.

Barbee's benefits were suspended in 2018 after Fountaine stopped cooperating with those certification requirements, they said.

Fountaine, who was indicted in U.S. District Court in St. Louis in September, is scheduled to be sentenced in April. 

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