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https://nypost.com/2018/06/23/someon...ension-checks/

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Someone was pocketing the pension checks of a deceased city employee, according to court papers.

The city Police Pension Fund is trying to unmask the person who deposited more than $41,000 worth of payments for Charles J. Kelleher Jr., who died in November 2015.

The fund didn’t learn of Kelleher’s death until April 2017, and wants Brooklyn Supreme Court to order Wells Fargo Bank to identify the thief.


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https://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/re...scal+oversight

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State Comptroller DiNapoli and District Attorney Scarpino Announce
Arrest in $60K Pension Payments
Mount Vernon Woman Hid Her Mother’s Death for Two Years to Steal Her Pension

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New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced the arrest of Rochelle Rose for grand larceny in the second degree after she allegedly pocketed her deceased mother's pension totaling $60,285 to pay cellphone bills, a car loan, insurance and utility bills.

Ms. Rose, 40, of Mount Vernon, appeared in Mount Vernon City Court on Thursday. The case is being prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney's office. Rose's scheme was exposed by DiNapoli's office, which revealed that Rose kept her deceased mother's bank account open in order to collect her mother's pension payments.

"Ms. Rose thought she could deceive the retirement system and live off her deceased mother's pension," State Comptroller DiNapoli said. "Now, due to my partnership with District Attorney Scarpino, she is being held accountable for her actions. This case sends a clear message to those who would exploit a relative's death and steal pension benefits from the New York State & Local Retirement System. I thank D.A. Scarpino and his team for their outstanding efforts on this case."

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. said: "Stealing from public funds hurts everyone. This is another case where the State Comptroller's Office has been instrumental in routing out corruption here in Westchester County. Our valuable partnership with State Comptroller DiNapoli helps protect the interests of the people of our county and state."

Since taking office in 2007, DiNapoli has committed to fighting public corruption and encourages the public to help fight fraud and abuse. New Yorkers can report allegations of fraud involving taxpayer money by calling the toll-free Fraud Hotline at 1-888-672-4555, by filing a complaint online at investigations@osc.state.ny.us, or by mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 14th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.

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PROVIDENCE, RI – A federal grand jury in Providence today returned a 12-count indictment charging a Rhode Island attorney with wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and theft from an employee pension plan, alleging that the attorney continued to collect a client’s pensions for nearly 12 years after the client passed away.

It is alleged in the indictment that Oleg Nikolyszyn, 63, of North Smithfield, used the identity of a former City of Providence employee and member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) after he died and collected more than $234,000 in monthly pension payments in that person’s name.

The indictment charges Nikolyszyn with eight counts of mail fraud, three counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of theft from an employee benefit or pension fund.

According to the indictment, it is alleged that in May 2000, a former City of Providence employee and LIUNA member hired Nikolyszyn as his attorney, and executed a power of attorney that authorized Nikolyszyn to take certain acts on his behalf. Those actions included receiving monies owed to him and signing and depositing checks payable to him.

According to the indictment, in August 2000, the former Providence employee and LIUNA member moved to Poland. Nikolyszyn later instructed both the City of Providence and LIUNA to send the monthly pension payments to his office. The employee died on November 12, 2003.

It is alleged in the indictment that Nikolyszyn continued to receive monthly pension payments in his client’s name, which he deposited into a bank account in the name of both himself and his former client. It is alleged that Nikolyszyn converted the funds to his personal use by transferring the funds into his own personal bank accounts. It is alleged in the indictment that Nikolyszyn collected $173,597.68 in payments from the City of Providence Employee’s Retirement System and $60,989 from the LIUNA Pension Fund in the name of his former client.

An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The indictment of Oleg Nikolyszyn is announced by United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch, Michael C. Mikulka, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Region of the Department of Labor - Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, Carol S. Hamilton, Acting Regional Manager, U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Colonel Ann C. Assumpico, and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise M. Barton.

The matter was investigated by the United States Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration, Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General, Rhode Island State Police, and Homeland Security Investigations.

United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch acknowledges and thanks the Rhode Island Supreme Court Office of Disciplinary Counsel for their assistance in the investigation of this matter.

Oleg Nikolyszyn was suspended from the practice of law in Rhode Island by the Rhode Island Supreme Court on December 1, 2016, after an investigation by its Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
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not exactly fraud, but an interesting case

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https://www.kitchenertoday.com/natio...ayments-997099
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OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether an Ottawa university can reclaim almost $500,000 in pension payments to a professor who went missing before being found dead in the woods near his home.
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OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will decide whether an Ottawa university can reclaim almost $500,000 in pension payments to a professor who went missing before being found dead in the woods near his home.

George Roseme, a political science professor at Carleton University, was 77 and suffering from early-stage Alzheimer's disease when he disappeared in September 2007.

A six-day search of the area near Roseme's home in nearby west Quebec failed to locate him.

Roseme had signed a memorandum agreeing that his pension payments would cease with his death, rather than going to his heirs or estate.

When the university learned of Roseme's disappearance, Carleton informed Lynne Threlfall — his former partner and recipient of the pension monies as his property administrator — that it would cease payments.

The university was forced to reverse the decision after Threlfall pointed out that under Quebec law, Roseme was presumed to be alive for seven years after his disappearance or until there was proof of death.

In July 2013, Roseme's remains were discovered by a dog in the woods near his property, and a coroner's investigation concluded he had died in 2007.

Shortly afterward, the university went to court to recoup the $497,332 in pension monies paid to Threlfall since 2008.

Threlfall unsuccessfully argued in Quebec Superior Court that she should not have to return the payments, given that Roseme's death had only recently been confirmed. A three-judge appeal panel upheld the decision against Threlfall, prompting her appeal to the Supreme Court.

As usual, the high court gave no reason Thursday for agreeing to take the case and no date has been set for a hearing.
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Wortman, F A. "A Pension Gone Astray." The Palimpsest 27 (1946), 285-288.
Available at: https://ir.uiowa.edu/palimpsest/vol27/iss9/4

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A Pension Gone Astray
It was, in early days, customary for the United
States government to give land warrants for military
service, but the Civil War left too many veterans
for such rewards. It became necessary, or at
least popular, to give pensions to such veterans,
their widows, and certain minor children. This
pension system created many an odd problem for
those to whom the work was entrusted. One of
the strangest incidents of the pension program
concerned a veteran in Mills County, Iowa, who
refused his pension because he believed such
largesse should go only to the needy.
This veteran, H. C. Robbins, had served nearly
three years (1862-1865) in Company A, 92nd
Ohio Volunteer Infantry. After he returned from
the war he purchased land in the fertile valley of
the West Nishnabotna River near the town of
Hastings, Iowa. As he looked over his productive
acres he could see no reason why the government
should pay him a pension and so for many
years, while his comrades received their allotments
from the government, he applied for no
such checks.
Finally, as he approached the sunset years, a
relative convinced him that since the government
was paying out the money to other veterans of
that conflict, whether needy or not, he would not
be accepting charity if he applied for the pension.
He made out an application and sent it to Washington,
but was quite chagrined to have the government
question his eligibility on the ground that
he had been receiving a pension for the past
twenty years. When he, in turn, wrote that he
had never before applied for a pension, the government
sent an investigator from Washington to
look into the matter.
Before the investigator was convinced that Mr.
Robbins had received no pension and was eligible
for one, he had made three trips out from the capital.
When he came the third time, Mr. Robbins
was thoroughly irritated with the business. “If
it takes so much trouble to get a pension“, he told
the investigator, rather testily, “you can just keep
the damn thing.“ Mrs. Robbins brought out some
checks which had been issued over a period of
several years and Mr. Robbins’ signatures showed
with such exceptional regularity that they looked
as if they might have been made with a rubber
stamp. The investigator was convinced that the
signatures on the pension checks were not those
of Mr. Robbins.

The investigator later found that the pension
checks which had supposedly been going to Mr.
Robbins were being received and cashed by a
man in a small town in Colorado. From the investigator’s
description, Mr. Robbins identified
him as a man named Harrison who had lived on a
neighboring farm more than two decades earlier.
This former neighbor, having learned of Mr. Robbins’
attitude toward pensions, had collected sufficient
data to make an acceptable application,
moved to Colorado, applied for the pension, and
had drawn it for a full twenty years.

After discovering the fraud and settling with
Harrison, the investigator returned and told Mr.
Robbins about it. Harrison, he said, had carried
his deception to an exceptional degree. He ran a
hotel in Colorado, had joined the local G. A. R.
post there, and shortly before the investigator arrived
had been elected post commander. His
hotel was headquarters for the post.
Harrison met the trains to get business for his
hostelry and so met the investigator when he arrived.
They went to the hotel together and when
the investigator told him that he wished to see
him privately they went upstairs to a bedroom.
There the investigator confronted him with evidence
of the fraud and Harrison confessed.
Meanwhile Harrison’s wife heard the men talking
in the room, joined them, and was informed of
her husband s deceit. She was evidently a woman
of direct action, for she at once accused her husband
of “two-timing” her and then assaulted him
with her fists with such violence that the man was
well battered before the investigator could separate
them. Then the investigator took Harrison
down to the lobby of the hotel and introduced him
to a group of old soldiers there, his former comrades
in the G. A. R. post, as a fraud and a
scoundrel.

The government, oddly enough, preferred no
criminal charges against Harrison and when Mr.
Robbins asked the investigator about this he replied:
After what the old lady did to him and
what the old soldiers said to him, I thought he
had about punishment enough.”
So Harrison was turned loose and lost no time
getting out of that town. The incident and its
strange ending amused the investigator and he
laughed heartily as he told of the affair. Mr.
Robbins received his pension from then on until
his death without further difficulty.
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Man accused of stealing pension money from deceased police officer's kids

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A 58-year-old New Jersey man stole more than $22,000 in pension money intended for the children of a police officer who died in 2012, authorities said.


Mark Johnson (Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office)
Mark Johnson, of Egg Harbor Township, took six pension checks and deposited them into accounts in his name the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement.

Johnson was living in the same home as the daughters of a retired Hamilton police sergeant who died in 2012, but officials didn't explain his relationship to them. The officer retired from the police department in 2004.

Johnson is charged with two counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property received and four counts apiece of forgery and uttering.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office couldn't immediately be reached for additional information.
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A Pleasant Valley woman was charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony, after she fraudulently collected pension payments after the death of her mother, according to state police.

Bonnie S. Robertson, 63, was arrested Tuesday after an investigation by the state Comptroller’s Office and the Pension Integrity Bureau revealed she fraudulently collected $41,923.70 in pension payments, police said.

Robertson had joint access to her mother’s account and failed to notify the state retirement fund of her death in 2013. Her mother was a pensioner in the state retirement system.

Robertson was arraigned in Unionvale Town Court and released under the supervision of the Dutchess County Probation Department. She is due back in court Thursday.
https://northsalem.dailyvoice.com/po...system/741600/
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Hudson Valley Woman Caught Stealing Nearly $42K From State Retirement System

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A 63-year-old area woman utilized her deceased mother's pension in the New York State retirement system to fraudulently collect nearly $42,000 in payments, state police said.

State Police investigators in Poughkeepsie were notified by the Division of Investigations of the New York State Comptroller’s Office regarding the possible larceny of New York State retirement funds.

An investigation discovered the mother of Pleasant Valley resident Bonnie S. Robertson died in 2013.

Robertson, who had joint access to her mother’s state pension account, failed to notify the state retirement fund of her mother's death and continued to fraudulently collect pension payments totaling $41,923.70, state police said.

State Police from the Poughkeepsie barracks on Tuesday, Sept. 4 charged Robertson with grand larceny in the third degree, a Class D felony.

Robertson was arraigned before the town of Unionvale Court, and released to the supervision of Dutchess County Probation.

She is next scheduled to appear before the Town of Stanford Court on Sept. 26.
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(a different kind of fraud)

https://www.dnaindia.com/jaipur/repo...lderly-2661326
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Hundreds turn 'older' in Rajasthan to claim pension for the elderly

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Authorities in Rajasthan have come across scores of cases where people have managed to manipulate their age in government records to avail monthly pension meant for the elderly.

The enormity of the scam can be gauged from a scrutiny of the pension data from 10 villages in Dudu tehsil of Jaipur district, where 2,593 of the 4,489 beneficiaries were found to be fake. As per the scheme, women above 56 and men beyond 58 are entitled to a pension of Rs 500 a month.

Lakshmi Kanwar, a resident of Neemli, said that she and two others paid Rs 9,000 to an eMitra operator, an agent who facilitates delivery of digital services, to get their data fudged. Lakshmi's age was changed from 36 to 56. She now draws the pension along with her 64-year-old mother-in-law.

"I am 40 and I have been receiving old age pension for six months now," said Bhanwari Devi of the same village. In Neemli, of the 175 beneficiaries on record, 110 are actually ineligible.

The welfare scheme is worth Rs 4,137 crore for the entire state.

In nearby Bokravas village, Raghuveer Singh revealed that he bribed an eMitra operator to get his age changed. He is 43 in ration card, 48 in Aadhaar and 70 in the pension record. Sources said the nexus involves officials from gram panchayat, postal department and eMitra centres where pension applicants' data are uploaded online.

A social justice department official, who did not wish to be identified, explained the modus operandi. He said the eMitra operators take the thumb reading on the point of sale (POS) machine and change a person's age for the card whose database they have an access to. "Most IDs submitted for revision of information are Aadhaar, Bhamashah and ration cards."

The person then applies for the pension and the verification of these fake pensioners is done by the panchayat. "Once the person starts receiving the pension, the eMitra centres reverse the information on the beneficiary cards to the original details," said the official.

The Rajasthan government has made it mandatory to submit both Aadhaar and Bhamashah cards for availing social welfare schemes. The Bhamashah cards are provided to female members of the family. Their thumb impressions are linked to their savings bank accounts where the monetary benefit is directly credited.

State Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi said they have come across few irregularities. "Some cases of fraud have also been reported where information is believed to have been manipulated to avail the benefits."

Chaturvedi said the district collector and officials of the department of social welfare have been instructed to go to the bottom of the complaints. "The government will not allow anyone to misuse the rights of the needy. Once the probe is over, we will stake strict action against those involved."
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