Man sentenced for stealing over $100k in retirement benefits - CBS46 News

Man sentenced for stealing over $100k in retirement benefits

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

A man pleaded guilty to stealing retirement payments from the Teachers' Retirement System of Georgia on Tuesday.

Levon Chett Barrett is the son of a retired Atlanta school teacher who began receiving retirement benefits in May 1997.

Barrett was sentenced to two years in prison followed by one year on house arrest, and seven years probation.

He was also ordered to pay $112,337.45 in restitution - $85,712.52 to the Teachers' Retirement System of Georgia and $26,624.93 to the Social Security Administration.

According to court documents, benefits were electronically transferred into Barrett's checking account.

When interviewed the by Georgia Bureau of Investigation in July 2012, he admitted to withdrawing and using funds from his mother's account after her death.

Between October 2007 and February 2010, the defendant stole $85,712.52 in TRS funds from his mother's bank account.

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