DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The ex-owner of an abandoned North Texas mortuary where bodies were found unattended must serve nearly two years in prison for food stamp fraud.
Hardy-Johnson in January pleaded guilty to illegally receiving federal benefits. She was sentenced to 21 months in prison and must repay more than $76,000.
Prosecutors say the woman got married in 2010 but continued claiming to be a single parent with no income. Authorities say Hardy-Johnson owned two businesses and expensive vehicles.
Johnson Family Mortuary in Fort Worth closed last July due to nonpayment of rent. The owner of the building on Handley Drive called 911 after finding the bodies inside the vacated building. Specialists with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said eight bodies, including a baby, were left inside the building — when found several were in advanced stages of decomposition.
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