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ANDERSON, S.C. – A South Carolina woman has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for taking her deceased mother’s Social Security benefits after reportedly dumping her body in a river, officials say.

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Beth Beamer, also known as Beth Ballard, 48, has been sentenced to 16 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to theft of government property, according to a news release from The U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office’s said that Beamer had reportedly admitted to taking her mother Rena Beamer’s body from their house in Mauldin, South Carolina, and throwing it down an embankment into a river near Tryon, South Carolina, after she died in Aug. 2017, according to WSPA.

According to WSPA, the Social Security Administration said that the benefits were suspended in May 2020. They were eventually restarted after Beth Beamer called in Dec. 2020. Beth Beamer reportedly was impersonating her mother and provided the SSA with an updated mailing address and bank account information, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said, according to WSPA.

Payments from SSA continued until May 2021, reaching about $69,909.40, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Beth Beamer was arrested in North Carolina on state charges from South Carolina in May 2021, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She was charged with neglect of a vulnerable adult, exploitation of a vulnerable adult, obstruction of an investigation, abuse or neglect resulting in death, unauthorized removal of a dead body and destruction/desecration of human remains.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Beth Beamer has been sentenced to 16 months in prison and then three years of court-ordered supervision. She was also ordered to pay $68,909.40 in restitution to the SSA.