MINNEAPOLIS – A former beauty queen (search) who collected more than $190,000 in Social Security benefits by claiming she was disabled was convicted Monday of fraud.
Federal sentencing guidelines call for between 21/4 years and 23/4 years in prison, prosecutors said. No sentencing date was set.
Henderson did not comment, but her lawyer in a related civil case said she plans to appeal.
"At this point she's numb and she's shocked," attorney Steven Silton said.
Henderson — Mrs. Minnesota International in 1999 and Mrs. Iowa International in 2001 — has claimed she suffers debilitating chronic pain from a 1995 car accident.
Federal prosecutors noted during the trial that Henderson collected benefits while making over 200 appearances as Mrs. Minnesota International (search) in a year. Henderson, of Woodbury, currently serves as a director for several pageants.
According to a report she filed in 1997, Henderson said she had continuous back and neck pain and could not move or straighten up, had migraines four or five times a week that lasted most of a day and could not drive more than 20 minutes at a time.