In this Aug. 22, 2016 photo, Patricia Fowler leaves District Judge Anthony L. DeLuca court in Penn Hills, Pa., after her preliminary hearing was postponed. (Nate Guidry/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Penn Hills woman who was accused of concealing the whereabouts of her long-missing twins has pleaded guilty to lesser charges and will serve four years of probation.

Forty-eight-year-old Patricia Fowler on Monday pleaded guilty to making false unsworn statements to police in connection with the Allegheny County investigation into the whereabouts of the twins, who haven’t been seen in more than 10 years.

These undated photo Illustrations provided by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children show artist conceptions of what Ivon Fowler, left, and Inisha Fowler, right, may look like currently. The two twin children of Patricia Fowler have not been seen for over ten years. The mother, who has been free on bail on charges of concealing the whereabouts of the twins, has claimed the children are safe and living out of state, but no information she provided has panned out. (Colin McNally/National Center for Missing & Exploited Children via AP)

Twins Ivon and Inisha Fowler would be nearly 19 now. Detectives say they fear the twins are dead because they’ve found no trace of them in years.

Patricia Fowler also pleaded guilty to theft and fraud for collecting nearly $57,000 in public assistance on behalf of the twins.

She pleaded guilty after prosecutors dropped charges against another son, who was accused of pretending to be a missing twin in a text message to police last year.

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