COLUMBIA (AP) ó A Columbia woman has pleaded guilty to fraud involving Social Security benefits.

U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles said Thursday that 68-year-old Carolyn M. Taylor pleaded guilty to theft of government funds.

Nettles said Taylorís mother was receiving Social Security benefits when she died in 1998. Taylor was accused of failing to tell the federal agency that her mother had died and continued to collect the dead womanís benefits until last December.

Nettles said the overpayment was nearly $100,000.

Taylor faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced later.