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As the wife of a soldier, Anderson received allotment checks. In 1946, Anderson and her husband were jailed for receiving the payments as the federal government decided they were perpetuating a fraud. After Anderson was released from prison, she attempted to return to Oxnard but was warned away by the town’s police chief who said told her she would be arrested and prosecuted.

She instead relocated to Los Angeles where she lived until her death in 1954.

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