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Pompano Beach Woman Found Guilty of Stealing Dead Grandparents' Social Security

Myriam Etienne received over $130,000 in Social Security Supplemental Security Income on behalf of her grandparents

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    Pompano Beach Woman Found Guilty of Stealing Dead Grandparents' Social Security
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    In this stock photo, blank Social Security checks are run through a printer at the U.S. Treasury printing facility February 11, 2005 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    A Florida woman has been convicted of stealing Social Security benefits for years after her grandparents died.

    A U.S. Attorney's Office news release says a jury found 49-year-old Myriam Etienne guilty Wednesday of 90 counts of theft of government funds. She faces up to 10 years in federal prison for each count at her April sentencing.

    Authorities say the Pompano Beach woman began receiving Social Security Supplemental Security Income on behalf of her grandparents in 2004. Trial evidence revealed that Etienne's grandfather died in Haiti in 2006, and her grandmother died in Haiti in 2009.

    But Etienne didn't report the deaths to the government and continued to receive over $130,000 in payments until an audit flagged them as suspicious in 2016.

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    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

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    Etienne was arrested in October.