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Mother's Remains Found, Daughter Charged with Fraud

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - A southwest Florida woman who authorities say kept her mother's dead body in her home for more than a year has been charged with theft and Social Security fraud.

Gail Andrews was arrested Thursday. A federal grand jury indicted the 62-year-old woman last week. Authorities say she received nearly $74,000 in payments she wasn't entitled to. She faces up to 15 years in prison.

Lee County deputies discovered the decomposed body of 87-year-old Gladys Andrews last June, apparently 14 months after she died. The house was full of trash and rats. Various businesses have since donated time and supplies to help the daughter stay i
the home.

A civil attorney for Gail Andrews says it's ridiculous that the government is going after someone who obviously suffers from mental illness.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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