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Ex-Bear player’s daughter scammed NFL on pension plan

DETROIT — Prosecutors are recommending no prison time for an Oakland County woman who forged her late father’s signature and collected about $70,000 from an NFL pension plan.

Constance Helwig-Langlois is the daughter of John Helwig, who played defense for the Chicago Bears in the 1950s. He died in 1994, but pension checks kept coming until fall 2011.

Helwig’s wife illegally cashed the checks until she died in 2007, but the daughter kept the scheme going for four more years. Helwig-Langlois returns to federal court Thursday for her sentence. The government is recommending probation and six months in a halfway house.

Helwig-Langlois has also admitted to illegally collecting $50,000 from an annuity investment after her mother died.

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