A former Chicago police commander who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $360,000 in Social Security payments for his dead mother will not serve any jail time after his sentence on Tuesday.
Kenneth Johnson worked for the police department for 32 years. He was sentenced to two years probation and ordered to serve six months of community confinement after pleading guilty to theft of government funds.
Prosecutors requested that he be sentenced to 18 to 24 months in prison. Johnson retired in 2018 after it was found that he had been collecting monthly Social Security payments intended for his mother, who died in 1994 at age 72.
The Social Security Administration said it was never notified of her death and continued to deposit her monthly checks into a joint bank account she shared with her son, prosecutors said. Johnson withdrew money from the account in an ATM at his police station, prosecutors said.