Policy: Entitlements

Jail for 70 year-old who collected dead mom's Social Security checks

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A 70-year-old man earned a six-month prison sentence for defrauding the government of his dead mother's Social Security benefits for 23 years.

Raymond O'Dell shared a joint account with his mother and lied multiple times to keep getting the checks after she died in 1989 and he moved from Bellevue, Wash., to Arizona, according to the Social Security Administration.

O'Dell owned a successful business while collecting taxpayer money. The SSA didn't provide a name for the business.

O'Dell was sentenced to six months in federal prison, six months' home detention, $188,436 in restitution and a $20,000 fine for the theft of government funds.

He also wrongly collected $100,000 in pension benefits from the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System, and is scheduled to enter a plea and be sentenced later this week.

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