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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - Federal grand jurors have indicted three southwestern Illinois women on charges that they collectively defrauded tens of thousands of dollars in Social Security benefits.

Thirty-eight-year-old Lashonda Russell of Cahokia is accused of receiving more than $50,000 in supplemental Social Security income from September 2006 until March of last year.

Thirty-three-year-old Amber Adams of Fayetteville is alleged to have wrongly received more than $9,000 in benefits from March 2008 until August 2012.

Twenty-eight-year-old Tara Johndrow is accused of pocketing $14,500 in fraudulent government benefits over a two-year period through August 2012.

Each of the three is charged with felony theft of government funds.

Online court records do not show whether they have attorneys.

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