Woman stole Social Security and father’s pension: Ohio court


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An Ohio woman collected Social Security payments and employee pension from her late father for 15 years. In total, she stole more than $250,000 in funds, according to court documents.

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A woman collected Social Security payments and her father’s employee pension for 15 years after his death, Ohio authorities say.

The 62-year-old from Newark, Ohio raised $254,115.74 in Social security benefits and pensionsthe Justice Department said in a July 8 news release.

The woman’s father died in January 2005, but she never notified the Social Security Administration of his death, according to court documents. Instead, she used the funds as her main source of income, collecting more than 180 payments.

To withdraw funds, the woman used her father’s bank card. According to court documents, she also spent the money on a trip to Las Vegas shortly after her father’s death and methamphetamine.

The theft was discovered during an audit by the Social Security Administration, according to court documents.

Authorities charged the woman with “theft of public money” and “theft or misappropriation of a benefits plan,” according to a Department of Labor press release.

The Southern District Court in Ohio sentenced her to six months in prison with three years of probation – and the return of all funds.

“This money was intended for some of the most vulnerable people in our country: retirees, widows, and people with disabilities, among others,” Kenneth L. Parker, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, said in filings. judicial.

Newark, Ohio is about 40 miles northeast of Columbus and about 125 miles southwest of Cleveland.

Aspen Pflughoeft covers real-time news for McClatchy. She graduated from Minerva University where she studied communications, history and international politics. Previously, she reported for Deseret News.

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