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53-year-old man didn’t report mother’s death so he could keep collecting her pension

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A 53-year-old unemployed man has been arrested on suspicion of abandoning the corpse of his mother in Yamato City, Kanagawa Prefecture.

Police said Takeshi Matsuyama has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying, “I was afraid I would stop receiving my mother’s pension if people found out she was dead.”

According to police, Matsuyama kept his 79-year-old mother’s body at his home from the end of last month, when she is believed to have died, until Monday this week, Fuji TV reported.

The case came to light when a local welfare official, not having heard from her for awhile, visited the residence. After noticing a foul odor, the official returned to the ward office which contacted police. Police went to the apartment and found the woman’s remains in a bedroom.

Police are currently investigating the details surrounding the mother’s death.


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Police detained the woman's 62-year-old son for fraud for failing to report her death.

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MADRID: A Spanish man who allegedly lived with the body of his dead mother for up to a year to continue to collect her pension has been arrested, the police said Thursday.
Officers found the woman's "badly decomposed" body at a Madrid flat on Wednesday after receiving a call from neighbours who reported a "strong odour", a police spokesman said.

Police then detained the woman's 62-year-old son for fraud for failing to report her death aged 92 and continuing to collect her pension, he added.


"The son did not do what he should have done," the spokesman said, adding that the man lived in the flat with his mother's remains for "several months, possibly almost a year".


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An Atlantic County woman has admitted stealing more than $140,000 in state pension benefits that were paid to her mother for eight years after she died.

Diana Heil pleaded guilty Friday to theft. The state Attorney General's office will recommend the 49-year-old Pleasantville resident receive a 364-day county jail term when she's sentenced March 8, and she also must pay full restitution.

Authorities say Heil's mother got survivor's benefits as the beneficiary of her late husband, who was a member of the Teachers' Pension and Annuity Fund. When Heil's mother died in 2005, state officials weren't told of the death.


The payments continued until 2013, when Heil reported her mother's death. Authorities say Heil promised to return the money, but instead made a series of large withdrawals and wire transfers.


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Pleasantville woman pleads guilty to stealing $140K in pension funds

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A 49-year-old Pleasantville woman pleaded guilty Friday to stealing more than $140,000 in state pension funds that belonged to her deceased parents.

An investigation by the state found that Diana A. Heil stole $140,873 from a survivor’s pension beneficiary account that belonged to her mother, according to the state Attorney General’s Office. Heil’s mother was receiving survivor pension benefits from her deceased husband, who had been a member of the state Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund.

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Heil pleaded guilty to third-degree theft by unlawful taking in Gloucester County Superior Court. The state will recommended she be sentenced to 364 days in county jail and pay full restitution. She is scheduled to be sentenced March 8.


Heil’s mother died in 2005, but the state Division of Pension and Benefits continued to make monthly benefit payments into a joint checking account the mother shared with her daughter. According to a news release, those payments accrued in the mostly inactive account until 2013, when the bank alerted Heil about the deposits, who in turn informed the state about her mother’s death.


The pension division conducted an audit and contacted Heil about the deposited funds, which she acknowledged did not belong to her and promised to return. Instead, authorities said she proceeded to make a series of large withdrawals and wire transfers from the bank account.


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Pleasantville woman gets probation in theft of $140,000 in state benefits

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A Pleasantville woman was sentenced to two years’ probation for stealing more than $140,000 in state pension benefits paid to her mother after the woman died.
Diana Heil, 49, learned about the money in 2013, after the bank notified her that the money was going into an account she and her mother shared, according to the charges.
The money was for her mother, who was receiving her husband’s survivor’s benefits from the New Jersey Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund.
At that time, Heil then told the state of her mother’s death in 2005.
That sparked an audit, which resulted in the Division of Pensions and Benefits telling Heil she had to return the money.
Heil acknowledged the money was not hers, but instead of returning it, she made a series of large withdrawals and wire transfers totaling about $140,873, according to her previous admission.


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A Pleasantville woman admitted to stealing more than $140,000 in her mother’s state pension benefits for eight years after the older woman died… Read more…
Gloucester County Superior Court Judge Robert Becker Jr. also sentenced Heil to 364 days in the county jail, which would be served at the end of her probation. But that sentence will be waived as long as she doesn’t violate the conditions of her probation.


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TRENTON –Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that a Hudson County woman was sentenced today for stealing approximately $272,000 by fraudulently collecting her father’s Social Security, permanent disability, and pension benefits for over 12 years after he died.

Sylvia Wilkerson, 68, of Jersey City, N.J., was sentenced to five years of probation by Superior Court Judge Mirtha Ospina in Hudson County. Wilkerson was ordered to pay full restitution and perform 50 hours of community service. The state had requested that the sentence include six months in the county jail, but the judge imposed a sentence of noncustodial probation. Wilkerson pleaded guilty on July 2, 2019 to a charge of third-degree theft by deception. She was indicted in an investigation by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Social Security Administration and the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau.

Deputy Attorney General Jamie Picard took the guilty plea and handled the sentencing for the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau.

After Wilkerson’s father died in September 2004, Wilkerson fraudulently continued to collect her father’s Social Security benefits, his Second Injury Fund workers’ compensation permanent disability benefits, and his pension benefits. The benefits were direct-deposited into a bank account in her father’s name. After his death, Wilkerson withdrew a significant majority of the benefit money that was deposited each month into the account via ATM withdrawals. In 2006, she changed the address on the account from her father’s address to her own home address. Wilkerson continued to submit required annual re-certification forms for the Second Injury Fund and pension benefits, forging her father’s name and identifying herself as “preparer” on the Second Injury Fund forms. From September 2004 through January 2017, Wilkerson stole a total of approximately $109,716 in Social Security benefits, $147,312 in Second Injury Fund benefits, and $15,195 in Joint Industry Pension Board benefits.

“Fraud of this type drains resources that the Social Security program and other public and private retirement and disability funds need to provide for persons who may have no other source of income,” said Attorney General Grewal. “By investigating and prosecuting offenders like Wilkerson, we send a message that we have zero tolerance for criminals who steal these benefits.”

“We will continue to work closely with our federal partners to maintain vigilance against fraud targeting the Social Security program,” said Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We urge anyone with information about these crimes to contact us.”

Attorney General Grewal and Director Allende noted that members of the public can report fraud or abuse involving the Social Security program by calling the Social Security Administration’s fraud hotline at 800-269-0271 or the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice at 866-TIPS-4CJ.

“The Social Security OIG is committed to investigating all forms of suspected Social Security fraud, including alleged deceased beneficiary fraud,” said John Grasso, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Social Security OIG’s New York Field Division. “We thank the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and the Division of Criminal Justice for their assistance in this case and other investigations.”

Deputy Attorney General Jacalyn M. Estrada presented the case to the state grand jury for the Division of Criminal Justice Financial & Computer Crimes Bureau. The case was investigated by Special Agents of the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General and Detective James Gallo of the Division of Criminal Justice. Attorney General Grewal thanked the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General under the direction of John F. Grasso, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Division, for its investigation and referral.


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'Stop paying dead people': Florida’s Steube wants feds to make annual sweeps of benefit rolls

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Dead people in 2018 received $1 billion in federal benefits, mostly in post-humous Social Security payments, according to the U.S. General Accounting Office [GAO].

Paying dead people seems to be an accepted fact of life for any large benefit/pension/entitlement program. Congressional attempts over the years to legislate a way to not pay dead people have never gained traction.

Nevertheless, first-term Florida U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Sarasota, has introduced a bill to require federal agencies to verify eligibility for federal benefits for individuals 105 years of age or older.


The Valid Benefits Act, HR 3013, would require agencies to perform such an annual canvass beginning in 2021.

Considering the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says the average life expectancy in the U.S. is 78.6 years, there may not be many 105-year-olds to tally on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Disability and federal pension rolls.

But it’s the count that counts – literally, Steube said.

“With this bill, heads of federal agencies and departments will be required to verify that those they are giving benefits to are, in fact, alive,” Steube said in a statement. “As our national debt rages, it’s important that we do what we can to ensure our tax dollars are being spent in the way they were intended. Guaranteeing the rightful recipient of benefits receives benefits is just one way we can address this problem.”

The one-page ‘Valid Benefits Act’ was Introduced May 23 and referred to the House Oversight & Reform Committee. As of June 14, it had no cosponsors, no senate companion and no scheduled hearing.

Steube’s bill will likely idle without a committee hearing as similar "Stop Paying Dead People" bills have, including the "Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act" of 2017 sponsored by Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and John Kennedy, R-La.

That bill – also introduced in 2015 – would allow all federal agencies access to the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File, the most complete data source available with updates separating the dead from the living.


But Steube’s bill highlights the broader context of the federal government failing to conduct proper due diligence in verifying data, leading to $151 billion in “improper payments” in 2018, according to the GAO.

As defined by the GAO, “Improper payments are payments the federal government should not have made or made in an incorrect amount. They also include duplicate payments and any payment to an ineligible recipient, for an ineligible good or service, for a good or service not received, or that does not account for credit for applicable discounts. In fiscal year [FY] 2018, the estimated amount of improper payments government-wide was $151 billion.”

In a January analysis, GAO said that since agencies were required to report “improper payments” in 2003, “cumulative improper payment estimates have totaled about $1.4 trillion” through 2017.

“Improper payments” by 21 federal agencies topped $141 billion in 2017, down from $144 billion in 2016, but more than $137 billion in 2015, the GAO projects.

Medicare programs, Medicaid and the Earned Income Tax Credit account for about 74 percent of “improper payments,” including $51.9 billion in “improper payments” for three Medicare programs in 2017, down from $59.7 billion in 2016, according to the GAO.

Steube’s bill, however, focuses on just one type of “improper payment” in the GAO analysis, "failure to verify death data,” mostly to individual Social Security beneficiaries, not Medicaid recipients.

According to the Social Security Administration’s Office of Inspector General [OIG], that amounted to $966 million in 2018 – very close to the $1 billion cited in the proposed "Valid Benefits Act."


Those “improper payments” are among Social Security’s “improper payments” rate of 0.7 percent in 2018, which included $1.7 million in benefits to 35 deceased beneficiaries, according to the OIG, which reported the average payment after death was $49,156 over an average span of 84 months.

The GAO in 2011 submitted 700-plus recommendations to improve data verification. By 2018, agencies had met 57 percent of those recommendations, which saved taxpayers $216 billion in outlays and $46 billion in projected cost savings.

Among recommendations is every state tap into the Social Security Administration’s ‘Death Master File [DMF],’ which includes the name, social security number, date of birth and date of death for 90 million Americans with a Social Security number.

As of September 2018, the GAO reported 46 states had secured access to DMF data through the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ [CMS] Data Exchange system, including Florida.

A 2016 GAO audit used the DMF to verify figures provided by Florida built on data from the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics, the Florida Department of Children & Families and the Social Security Administration’s State Data Exchange.

The DMF verification resulted in Florida recovering more than $26 million in improper payments from managed care organizations and refunding $15 million to the CMS.


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Man accused of stealing, forging pension check for $887 caught in Lancaster, police say

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LANCASTER — Police have arrested a 62-year-old Lancaster man accused of stealing a pension check, forging the victim’s name, and cashing it an ATM earlier this year.

Benjamin Charles Duke was charged on April 18 after Manheim Township Police investigated the incident, which occurred on Jan. 31, police say. The total loss to the victim was $887.67, police say.

Duke was taken into custody by Lancaster Police and turned over to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.


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Connecticut woman who kept collecting her mother’s postal retirement pension after her death is sentenced

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John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that SYBIL F. BUTLER, 57, of Norwalk, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Stefan R. Underhill in Bridgeport to three years of probation for stealing federal annuity benefits. Judge Underhill also ordered Butler to pay full restitution and a $1,000 fine, and to perform 150 hours of community service.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Butler’s mother received monthly annuity payments following her retirement from the U.S. Postal Service. Butler’s mother died in June 2014. Between June 2014 and October 2016, Butler impersonated her mother in phone calls to the Office of Personnel Management, and also forged her mother’s signature on numerous documents indicating that her mother was alive. As a result, $71,701.13 in federal annuity benefits were deposited into Butler’s and her mother’s joint bank account after her mother’s death.

Butler was arrested on a criminal complaint on October 3, 2018. On March 5, 2019, she pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government funds.

On March 5, 2019, she pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government funds.


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