DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — An owner of a Fort Worth mortuary business where decaying bodies were left unattended last summer has pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of illegally receiving federal benefits.
Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Rachel Hardy Johnson pleaded Tuesday to food stamp benefit fraud. She faces up to 20 years in prison.
Authorities say she claimed on federal applications that she was a single parent with no income. But they say during that time she purchased three high-end vehicles, one of them a $53,000 Range Rover.
Seven of the eight bodies found there were in advanced stages of decomposition.
Hardy and her husband face several charges in that case.
Late last year the Texas Funeral Service Commission in Austin denied Rachel Hardy Johnson and her husband Dondre Johnson any renewal of a license to operate any funeral and/or mortuary services in the state.
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