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Fraud investigation into Herrin business

According to the letter, DeNeal misused $1,350 of his mother's money and a close to half a million dollars belonging to her clients between January 2005 and May 2011. According to the letter, DeNeal misused $1,350 of his mother's money and a close to half a million dollars belonging to her clients between January 2005 and May 2011.
HERRIN, IL (KFVS) -

Authorities are looking into an investigation involving a half a million dollars of Social Security money.

The suspect is Terri DeNeal, who worked at Unlimited Community Alternatives Network known as UCAN in Herrin, Illinois.

A viewer sent Heartland News a letter that said the company managed his mom's social security benefits.

UCAN paid bills and gave the beneficiaries a monthly allowance out of their social security benefits.

According to the letter, DeNeal misused $1,350 of his mother's money and a close to half a million dollars belonging to her clients between January 2005 and May 2011.

We still don't know how many people in southern Illinois are affected.

Federal authorities charged DeNeal with defrauding clients back on Sept. 4. But looking through her case file, Heartland News found the charges dismissed because DeNeal had died.

Police all the way in Mount Juliet, Tenn. actually found her dead in her car at a Waffle House parking lot on Sept. 13.

Authorities say her business has been closed due to the investigation. So, what about all that money? Are the families going to be repaid?

Bill Cotter, a special agent out of the Inspector General's office in Baltimore, Md. said yes.

He said the social security agency will make good on money they determine was spent illegally.

Cotter said if you have done business with UCAN in Herrin, you need to contact the social security office in Carbondale.

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