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The Wilmington Treasurer's Office paid the pension of a dead woman for more than 20 years, and the city is now out nearly $73,000 that it may not be able to get back.

According to a city audit obtained by The News Journal, the unnamed pensioner received spousal benefits from June 1974 until she died in November 1997. But the city continued to direct deposit money into her bank account every other week until officials learned of her death in June of last year.

Over two decades, Wilmington paid the deceased woman $72,966.60.

"It’s an extremely unusual occurrence," said City Treasurer Velda Jones-Potter.

The city has relied on a third-party vendor that cross-checked employee and pensioner information with death records and Social Security data on a semi-annual basis. Jones-Potter said this petitioner's death did not come up in those searches because it was not documented in Social Security records.

"In this case, it's apparent that her death was not reported until many years after it occurred," she said.

When the Treasurer's Office learned about the death, the city immediately stopped payments, according to Jones-Potter. But she does not know if the city will get its money back.

"It’s in the Law Department’s hands at this time," Jones-Potter said.

John Rago, deputy chief of staff for policy and communications for Mayor Mike Purzycki, who took office in January, would not say whether the city is pursuing a criminal investigation into whether someone was spending money from the dead woman's account.

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Other Wilmington pensioners have received payment after death, although for much shorter time periods.

A recipient of spouse-beneficiary payments was paid $1,920.84 after their death in May 2015, the audit said. The city didn't learn of the person's passing until June 2016, according to the audit.

Doesn't sound like fraud, but what is going to happen more and more often as people without relatives & with direct deposit simply have the checks go in.

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The report suggests ways that governments can attempt to curb posthumous payments. It recommends regularly examining the population of recipients over 90 years old to "verify if they are still living" and increasing communication with recipients and their families to remind them of their responsibility to report deaths.

Wilmington's audit, conducted from July 2015 to June 2016, found other issues in the city's pension system.

There were errors and inconsistencies in files of new pensioners, the audit found, which creates "an increased risk that benefits are paid to ineligible pensioners."

One police pensioner was overpaid $1,679.08 due to "an error in benefit calculation," the audit said.

The city auditor also found that the Treasurer's Department has disregarded a recommendation that has been made since 2011 — that it should have a comprehensive policy and procedure manual. According to the audit, lacking such a document means the department is not meeting best practices.
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LUMBERTON — More than four years after Donald Brown died in Lumberton, his sister will be sentenced for theft after federal prosecutors say she pocketed more than $50,000 in Brown's military pension since his death.
Donna Flores, 60, pleaded guilty to theft of government funds earlier this year and is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 18, federal court records show.
Brown applied for pension benefits in January 2013, but he died the following March. The Department of Veteran Affairs, unaware of Brown's death, approved his application retroactively in May 2013, court documents state.

"The Department of Veterans Affairs was not notified of Brown's death and continued to process the application for pension benefits," an April factual basis and stipulation document says.
A check for $5,196 was mailed to Brown's address in May 2013, two months after his death, and his signature was forged to make a down payment on a vehicle from Cowboy Motor Company.
The document specifies that the salesperson at Cowboy Motor knew Flores took care of her brother, but was unaware of his death.

"Records from the Department of Veterans Affairs would reflect that in June 2013 the Pension Management Center established direct deposit of Brown's pension benefits to a Comerica Bank Direct Express Debit Mastercard in the name of Donald Brown," the factual basis and stipulation says. "Records from Comerica Bank establish that from June 2013 to December 2015 monthly pension benefits of 1,732 was deposited to the debit card on behalf of Brown for a total of $51,268. The entire amount of funds was depleted during that time period through a series of retail purchases and ATM withdrawals. Photographs from several ATM transactions reflect the defendant Donna Flores making the transactions."
Federal prosecutors say the total loss to Veteran Affairs was $58,196.
The theft charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
Plea negotiations between prosecutors and Flores' attorney Bryan Laine are still sealed. She is set for sentencing Oct. 18 in Judge Thad Heartfield's courtroom in Beaumont.

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State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and United States Attorney Beth Drake announced that former Albany resident Joseph F. Grossmann, 68, pled guilty to Bank Larceny, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, 2113(b), and was sentenced to probation for three years, including one year of home confinement. Grossmann was also ordered to pay $130,624 in restitution to the New York State & Local Retirement System. Magistrate Judge Paige J. Gossett presided at the hearing.
"Mr. Grossmann's determination to steal from the New York State & Local Retirement System with fake documents and other schemes has ended in his guilty plea and an order for restitution to the pension fund of $130,624," State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said. "Thanks to our partnership with the U.S. Attorney's Offices in New York and South Carolina, Mr. Grossmann is facing justice today."
Grossmann, who now resides in Lugoff, S.C. collected retirement benefits for his sister, a former New York state employee, even though she had died. Evidence presented established that between 2010 and 2015, he received approximately $130,624 over five years, none of which he was entitled to.
The case was originally prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. The case was transferred to South Carolina to accommodate the defendant’s health and living circumstances. Assistant United States Attorney Winston David Holliday, Jr., of the Columbia office handled today’s guilty plea and sentencing.

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Man impersonates dead father in Uttarakhand, withdraws pension for 37 years
Not only did the accused, UK Sarkar, conceal his father’s death to get his pension, but also asked his wife to impersonate his mother to avail of four loans from the bank that disbursed the pension.

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A forgery and cheating case has been filed against a man who impersonated his father and withdrew his pension for 37 years, Dehradun police said.

Not only did the accused, UK Sarkar, conceal his father’s death to get his pension, but also asked his wife to impersonate his mother to avail of four loans from the bank that disbursed the pension.

UK Sarkar’s father, KK Sarkar, was born in 1899. He was an employee with the forest department and had retired in 1955. In 1965, he opened a pension account at the Convent Road branch of the State Bank of India (SBI). When he died in 1981, his son did not inform the bank and continued to withdraw the pension, police said.

Bank and pension documents mention KK Sarkar as 119-year-old.

The fraud was unearthed after the income tax department recently instructed the bank to have a physical verification of all the pensioners who are more than 100-year-old.

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“When bank officials visited Sarkar’s house for verification, his grandson informed them that he had died in 1981. We immediately started a probe and registered a complaint at Dalanwala police station,” said Vinay Kumar Khatri, assistant general manager of SBI, Dehradun main branch.

Over the years, UK Sarkar was successful in fabricating the mandatory annual verification for pensioners. “The proof that the pensioner is alive can be established online using digital signatures. The beneficiary is not required to visit the branch in person. It seems that UK Sarkar first forged his father’s signature and then used it for verification,” said Khatri.

He added that the bank was trying to verify the exact year of KK Sarkar’s death. “We have initiated an internal investigation. The bank will take strict action against all employees who are found guilty in this fraud case,” Khatri said.

The guidelines for pensioners state that they should appear before the disbursing agency in November every year and submit their annual life certificates. In case, a pensioner is unable to appear due to illness or infirmity, he/she can submit the certificate authenticated by a gazetted officer. Pensioners also have option to submit the certificate using Aadhar card-based authentication through Jeewan Pramaan.






Meanwhile, the police are trying to find out how the accused was able to carry out the fraud for 37 years. “We have asked the bank to provide us all documents that UK Sarkar submitted from time to time to impersonate his dead father. We are also investigating the role of bank officials,” said special sub-inspector Devender S Rawat who is investigating the case.

UK Sarkar also availed of four loans against the pension in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

When asked how the bank failed to detect the fraud on four occasions, Khatri said UK Sarkar had fabricated many identity documents. “He himself looks very old and it is possible that bank officials mistook him for his father. It is possible that he made forged identity documents. I will be able to tell the specifics once the internal probe is completed,” he said.

The loans were taken mostly as advance pension loans. One of the loans was worth Rs 25,000, but the bank did not share the amounts of other loans. “They were around the same amount,” said Khatri.

He said UK Sarkar also got his wife to impersonate his mother, who then became the guarantor in the four loans.

“To avail of a loan against pension, the wife/husband has to be a guarantor. UK Sarkar first impersonated his father and then asked his wife to impersonate his mother. Following this, she was presented as a guarantor and the loans were availed. We will also look into the role of his wife and how she fabricated her identity,” said Khatri.

The bank is yet to calculate the loss incurred by it in the last 37 years. At present, UK Sarkar was drawing a monthly pension of approximately Rs 9,000.

Khatri said the bank was calculating the loss incurred, following which they would get UK Sarkar’s property attached and recover the amount.

Police said the role of the officials, who verified life certificates given by UK Sarkar, would be investigated.
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RICHMOND, Texas - A recently retired county jail guard in Texas has been charged with pocketing two decades worth of military pension checks sent to his long deceased uncle.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Burnie Joseph Haynes is accused of theft of federal funds for taking more than $286,000 from his late uncle's bank account, which was receiving military pension checks for service in the U.S. Air Force.

He's set to appear in federal court Tuesday.

Haynes was a detention officer for the Fort Bend Sheriff's Office until about two weeks ago.

Court documents show Haynes' uncle, Joseph McKinley Wells, died in 1996. He didn't list any benefactors on his account, but Haynes had signatory authority through a power of attorney.

Federal officials allege Haynes stole money from 1996-2016 in the form of retirement pay from the Defense Department.

The newspaper couldn't reach Haynes for immediate comment.


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In a shocking case from Kolkata, a 43-year-old man was arrested for reportedly keeping the corpse of his dead mother in a deep freezer for almost three years to collect her pension every month using her thumb impression.

The incident came to light after the mutilated body of the woman was found at his home by Kolkata Police on Thursday.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Nilanjan Biswas said, “Bina Mazumdar’s body was stored in a refrigerator since 2015. Why her body was stored for three years is being investigated.”

The police told that the accused Subhabrato Mazumdar has been detained and currently being accused. According to police sources, prima facie the lady (87) had died following a cardiac arrest.

Reports said Bina was a government employee and had retired from Food Corporation of India. Subhabrato was a student of leather technology and was in the leather supply business. She received a pension of Rs 50,000 every month.

His 90-year-old father was also aware of the incident.

According to the police, during the search operation, they also found a forged living certificate of Beena.

A similar case was unearthed in 2015, when police officials found a man in Kolkata’s Robinson Street, living with the rotting corpse of his sister who had died a year back.

Not just sister, the police had also found two other corpses of dogs inside the house who had died two years back.

During the investigation, it was found that the man was mentally unstable.
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A 73-year-old man is being accused of defrauding the state pension plan by more than a quarter of a million dollars in a years-long scheme involving his dead mother.

A Wake County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Ben Colvard III for obtaining property by false pretenses, a felony.

He's accused of collecting pension checks meant for his mother for more than 15 years after she died. In all, he's accused of wrongfully taking $266,747.71 from the pension plan that is funded by taxpayers and public employees.


According to the North Carolina treasurer's office, which oversees the plan, Colvard could face anywhere from four to 15 years in prison if he's convicted.

The grand jury indictment said Colvard's mother was a retired state employee whose monthly pension payments were sent to a joint checking account she shared with Colvard.

After she died in February 2001, the payments should have stopped — but Colvard kept collecting them until April 2016, the grand jury said.

According to court records, Colvard lives in Florida and had not been arrested as of Wednesday afternoon. He did not have a lawyer listed in the court documents.


North Carolina Treasurer Dale Folwell said in a press release that he encouraged anyone who suspects fraud or abuse in the pension system to call a tip hotline at (919) 814-4085.

"I have a duty to protect the pension plan so the people who deserve to get checks keep getting them,” Folwell said. "The indictment shows that we’re serious about making sure there are consequences for people who cash checks they don’t deserve."


The state pension plan, with a fund of $90 billion, could be underfunded by several billion dollars in the future. It is nevertheless one of the most stable pension plans in the country.
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A woman who watched her father die in the car on a family trip to Florida and helped her child-molesting husband bury the body – twice – in makeshift graves before continuing their journey admitted Wednesday she kept the death a secret so she could keep collecting his Social Security and pension benefits.

Erika Nicole Bennefield, 46, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on Wednesday to aggravated identity theft for hiding her father’s death from the Social Security Administration and the administrator of his pension for six years to the tune of more than $121,000.

Authorities can’t prove Franklin D. Chastain is dead, though both she and her husband, Ricky James Bennefield, have now confessed they twice buried him in June 2010. The Bennefields insist they don’t know exactly where they buried him.

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With no body and no proof of murder, the only charges authorities have been able to bring against Erika Bennefield involved her use of her father’s personal identifying information to collect his benefits. It’s a low-level federal felony.

A report by U.S. Probation Officer Travis Worthington shows she has been using methamphetamine and smoking marijuana since her arrest in the case last year. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kolman on Wednesday pushed to have her jailed pending sentencing. Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips agreed.

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Chastain’s death remained a secret until December 2016 when authorities in Cocke and Sevier counties began investigating a young girl’s report that Ricky Bennefield had been molesting her for years. In an interview with investigators, she revealed the story of the family trip where Chastain died, and her rapist ordered her to help him and his wife bury him.

USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee is not identifying the rape victim’s relationship to the Bennefields in keeping with the news organization’s policy of protecting from disclosure the identity of victims in sexually-based crimes.

More: Court records reveal tale of family vacation, dead father-in-law and his secret burial

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The rape victim said the man died in the car as the family traveled from Alabama to Florida. She didn’t know the cause but said Ricky Bennefield said the man was covered in bruises, so they needed to hide his body.

He stopped alongside a road and forced the girl and his wife to help bury Chastain’s body close to the road’s edge in a shallow grave. But as he headed onward toward Florida, he reconsidered, saying the grave was too shallow and the body could be easily discovered by law enforcers.

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Ricky Bennefield admits he went back to the makeshift grave, ordered the girl and his wife to help him disinter Chastain and put his body back in the car. He then drove a few more miles, stopped and again ordered his dead father-in-law buried – this time farther away from the road.

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Ricky Bennefield pleaded guilty early this year to charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, theft of government money and aggravated identity theft.

He is already serving a prison term for molesting the child he twice forced to help bury Chastain. In a plea deal with 4th Judicial District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn’s office, Bennefield received a five-year sentence in December after pleading guilty to rape and a related charge for molesting the girl in 2008 in separate instances in Cocke and Sevier counties, court records show.

Kolman in July will mount a case for stiffer penalties for Ricky Bennefield than the type non-violent white-collar fraudsters typically receive.

Phillips set an Aug. 6 sentencing hearing for Erika Bennefield.
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that's pretty tame. dude could do time and he's 73. would society be better off garnishing wages/income/seizing assets and making him live a poor(er) person's life in freedom or paying for him to be jailed? I know what I would pick.

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this could be a movie. one where you leave shaking your head at how awful the people are. did Cormac McCarthy write this one?
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Yeah, the first one is on a par with many of these stories (and generally, I guess, the officials get suspicious because the retiree is listed as being really really old)

The second one... yeah, that could be a movie
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