MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Washington County found guilty of fraudulently obtaining thousands of dollars in disability benefits will spend six months in jail.
Chief U.S. District Judge William Steele sentenced Kimberly Fights Thursday on charges of Social Security fraud, theft of public money and three counts of making false statements.
Authorities determined she collected more than $96,000 in adult child disability benefits despite being in a common-law marriage that made her ineligible for the payments.
The case hinged on whether Fights was married or not while she was collecting the benefits.
A defense attorney called her marriage to Jon Rainwaters "a bad soap opera." But the court determined she had lived as his wife in several ways, including sharing a house for a decade and having two children together.
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