Valid drivers licenses trip up 2 SC women who said they were blind

October 17, 2013 

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NORTH AUGUSTA, SC Since the mid-1990s, Rita Marie Sherlock, 38, and Mary Teresa Sherlock, 42, have gotten nearly $200,000 in Social Security disability payments because they were blind. Only they weren’t blind, US Attorney Bill Nettles said Thursday in a release.

On Wednesday, the two North Augusta women pleaded guilty to one count each of theft of government funds and were sentenced to five months in federal prison, five months house arrest and paying the government back.

Both Sherlocks not only held valid South Carolina drivers licenses but also had been cited for traffic violations in the past.

Rita Sherlock will have to repay the Social Security Administration $100,408.70; Mary Sherlock must repay $91,977.20, Nettles said.

Rachael Myers Lowe

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