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Authorities say a Washington state woman suspected of pension fraud was arrested when she tried to open a bank account in her dead mother's name while disguised as her mother.
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The sheriff alleges Craft fraudulently collected more than $145,000 in pension benefits since her mother, Betty Becker, died in 2007.
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Alas, most of the "collecting dead people's checks" stories are like this one:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/w...rison-38932457

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Woman Who Cashed Dead Man's Checks for Decades Faces Prison

A 78-year-old Louisiana woman faces up to 10 years in prison for cashing Social Security checks mistakenly sent to a dead man for nearly three decades.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Rose Marie Jackson Allen of Shreveport will be sentenced Sept. 8. She pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft of government property. Court records show she shared a post office box with a Thomas Jackson, whose 1986 death was not discovered until last year. She collected more than $200,000 in illegal benefits.

Her relationship to Jackson, who died at age 71, isn't revealed in court records. Documents say she endorsed the checks with Jackson's name and her own, regularly cashing them at a neighborhood grocery and liquor store.

A "factual basis" filed by prosecutors says Thomas Jackson had been collecting Social Security disability benefits since 1971. His death went undiscovered by the Social Security Administration, possibly because his Social Security number was missing from the death certificate.

"The Social Security Administration was not aware of Thomas Jackson's death, and Rose Jackson did not alert the office to the truth during that time," said a statement from U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley.
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Rose Allen's total illegal take: $206,891

When she is sentenced in September, she also will face $250,000 in fines and restitution, Finley's statement said.


I don't want to mess up my other pension/SocSec threads with the dead retiree fraud
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http://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/rel...16/063016a.htm

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Comptroller DiNapoli and AG Schneiderman Announce Conviction of Florida Resident
for Stealing Over $148k In NYS Pension Benefits

Defendant Pleads Guilty To Stealing Benefits Issued To Her Deceased Father And Faces A Maximum Sentence Of Up To 2 To 6 Years In Prison

DiNapoli and Schneiderman: Through Operation Integrity, We Will Work to Ensure New York Taxpayer Dollars Are Protected

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced that Renee Kanas, 63, a resident of Tamarac, Florida, pleaded guilty today to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a Class D felony, for stealing over $148,000 in pension payments from the New York State and Local Employees Retirement System paid to her father, Jacob Yudenfreund, a New York State pensioner who died in March 2010.

“For years, Ms. Kanas spent thousands, living off a pension to which she was not entitled, even cruising the Caribbean,” State Comptroller DiNapoli said. “Thankfully, through my Operation Integrity partnership with Attorney General Schneiderman, she has pleaded guilty and must make repayment in the thousands.”
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Having failed to notify the New York State and Local Employees Retirement System of her father’s passing in March 2010, today Kanas admitted to having stolen the pension benefits intended for Mr. Yudenfreund for almost five years after his death, until January 2015. In total, Kanas stole in excess of $148,000 by accessing a joint bank account she held with her deceased father and liquidating all but $1,207.55.

Mr. Yudenfreund was a New York State pensioner who elected to receive reduced monthly benefits so his wife, Doris Yudenfreund, would continue to receive benefits after his death. Mrs. Yudenfreund, however, predeceased Mr. Yudenfreund. As such, upon Mr. Yudenfreund’s passing in March 2010, his pension benefits ceased. However, due to Kanas’ failure to notify the New York State and Local Employees Retirement System of her father’s death, she continued to collect his pension benefits for approximately five years. During this time period, Kanas lived off of the stolen money and, among other things, took multiple cruises, including to the Caribbean.

In May 2016, Kanas was arrested on a warrant by City of Tamarac Road Patrol and Broward County Sherriff’s in Florida. Having been brought to Albany County to face these charges in June, Kanas today pleaded guilty before Honorable Thomas A. Breslin in Albany Supreme Court. As part of her plea, the defendant signed a confession of judgment in favor of New York State in the amount of $148,092.24. Kanas faces up to two to six years in state prison when she is sentenced.
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http://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/rel...e16/062016.htm

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Comptroller DiNapoli And A.G. Schneiderman Announce Sentencing of New Jersey Woman in Theft of More Than $162,000 in New York State Pension Benefits
Defendant Stole Benefits Issued To Her Deceased Mother, Retiree from Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the sentencing of Linda Miller, 58, of Englewood, N.J., to six months in jail and five years of probation for the theft of more than $162,000 in pension benefits from the New York State and Local Employees Retirement System. Linda Miller continued to cash her mother Josephine Miller's retirement benefits until 2012, despite her mother's death in 2006. Linda Miller pleaded guilty in July 2015 to 3rd degree Grand Larceny, a class D felony, in Albany County Court before the Honorable Thomas A. Breslin.
"Linda Miller's scam spread across two states and included her theft from the New York State Pension System," said State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. "I thank Attorney General Schneiderman for partnering with us to protect public money and root out corruption."
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Josephine Miller was a New York State pensioner, who retired from a position at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Miller died in 2006, with no survivor designated to receive benefits. According to the Comptroller and Attorney General's Office, the defendant failed to notify the Retirement System of her mother's death. She continued to receive retirement benefits during a six year period between May 1, 2006 and August 31, 2012. All told, the Attorney General and Comptroller's Offices accused Miller of stealing over $162,000 in pension benefits.
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Man Held 81-Year-Old Veteran Hostage For 4 Years, Stole His Pension Checks: Cops


A Korean War veteran was held hostage for more than four years by a man who stole his Social Security and pension checks, police said.

Perry Cogliano, 43, was being held in lieu of $15,000 cash bail on charges of grand larceny, unlawful imprisonment, criminal possession of a weapon, endangering an incompetent person, menacing and unlawful possession of marijuana.

The victim, 81-year-old David McClellan, lived in a squalid motel room with dried blood and mildew on the mattress and belongings strewn around the cramped lodgings, the Hudson Valley News Network reported.

The veteran had a lucrative pension package and suffered from advanced dementia, police said.

Cogliano lived next door at the Academy Motel in Highlands and was arrested Tuesday evening following a two-week investigation by local police, who received cell phone video from a concerned neighbor showing the elderly man being shouted at and abused by Cogliano, cops said.

“The guy who was arrested who lived next door, he was giving him just one bowl of cereal a day, he would stick him back in the room with a stick, wasn't bathing him, the old guy would just be walking around here naked, just terrible," a neighbor told WABC-TV.

Cogliano escorted the U.S. Marines veteran to his bank and force the elderly man to withdraw large sums of money, police said. Authorities declined to say how much money Cogliano allegedly took from the mentally disabled man.

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the New York comptroller has really be on this issue. and loves to put out a press release for each one

http://osc.state.ny.us/press/release...al%20oversight

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COMPTROLLER DiNAPOLI & A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCE ARREST OF ARIZONA MAN
FOR THEFT OF OVER $100,000 IN NYS PENSION BENEFITS

John H. Eydeler, III Allegedly Stole Pension Benefits Intended for His Deceased Mother
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the unsealing of an indictment charging John H. Eydeler III, 66, a resident of Glendale, Arizona, with grand larceny in the second degree, a class C felony. Eydeler is alleged to have stolen over $100,000 in pension payments from the New York State and Local Employees Retirement System intended for his deceased mother, Dorothy Eydeler, a retired nurse who died in October of 1998.

“After his mother passed away, Mr. Eydeler hid her death and stole more than $100,000 in pension payments,” said Comptroller DiNapoli. “Through our Operation Integrity partnership with Attorney General Schneiderman, our investigation expanded to three states and led to Mr. Eydeler's arrest in Arizona.”

“When individuals illegally pocket pension funds that were intended for retirees, it harms all New Yorkers who count on their pension for a secure retirement,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Comptroller DiNapoli and I will continue our partnership to protect the state pension system from theft and abuse.”

According to investigators, Eydeler concealed his mother’s death in 1998 from the New York State and Local Employees Retirement System. As a result, between October 1998 and January 2010, over $100,000 in pension benefits were deposited into a bank account in the name of Eydeler’s deceased mother. Eydeler then allegedly diverted these monies to himself by claiming to have power of attorney for his mother and writing checks to himself every month for over a decade. Eydeler allegedly altered his scheme to conceal the theft, and used the monies to prop up a small automotive repair business that he owned in Glendale, Arizona.

Eydeler was arraigned today on the indictment by the Honorable Stephen W. Herrick in Albany Supreme Court, and entered a plea of not guilty. The defendant was released on recognizance. The next court date is scheduled for August 30. If convicted, Eydeler faces up to five to fifteen years in state prison.

This case is the latest joint investigation under the Operation Integrity partnership of the Comptroller and Attorney General, which to date has resulted in dozens of convictions and more than $11 million in restitution.
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isn't that just "up to 15 years" ??
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look, i'm just copy/pasting here.

you can follow the link and send a harshly written note to the office of the comptroller if you wish
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isn't that just "up to 15 years" ??
No. The number is between 5 and 15. The upper limit of his sentence is uniformly distributed between 5 and 15.

Given that his sentence is greater than 8 years, what is the probability that his sentence will be less than 13 years?

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isn't that just "up to 15 years" ??
I sort of get what they are saying, I think. He's charged with a crime that would get him 5-15 years, but there could be a plea bargain to reduce the charge. It kind of makes sense, if you don't think about it too hard.

What makes more sense is that GEICO is involved.
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No. The number is between 5 and 15. The upper limit of his sentence is uniformly distributed between 5 and 15.

Given that his sentence is greater than 8 years, what is the probability that his sentence will be less than 13 years?

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