Detroit federal Judge David Lawson says Constance Helwig-Langlois (LANG'-loy) qualified for prison for the "serial crime." But he accepted the government's request to give her a break Thursday.
John Helwig played for the Bears in the 1950s. He died in 1994, but retirement checks kept coming. Helwig's wife illegally cashed them for 13 years until she died in 2007. Their daughter kept the scheme going until 2011.
Helwig-Langlois has apologized and says she suffers from depression. She also must repay about $50,000 illegally collected from an annuity. Living at a halfway house lets her work during the day.