GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The son of a retired Atlanta schoolteacher has been sentenced in Gwinnett County Superior Court to two years in prison after being found guilty of violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
Levon Chett Barrett pleaded guilty to the charge against him. He will spend one year on house arrest and seven on probation after serving his time in prison.
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According to Georgia Attorney General's spokeswoman Lauren Kane, Barrett's mother died in September 2007, but Barrett continued to collect her retirement benefits until February 2010.
Barrett took $85,712.52 from the Teacher's Retirement System of Georgia before he was caught, Kane said. He must pay back all the money in restitution, as well as $26,624.93 to the Social Security Administration.
In July 2012, Barrett admitted to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that he took the money from his mother's account after her death.