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                                                         Yes, when her mother died she had to take in      VA not demand proof of life or some type of

                                                         and raise her younger siblings, so it’s possibly   verification about where the money is going

                                                         understandable that she assumed she could         when benefits are paid year after year, decade

                       A 48-Year Theft                   take the money that had been meant for her        after decade?

        Forty-eight years is a long time to pull off a   mother. But eventually those children grew up     Surely someone could have done the math. If
        scam, but one woman managed to keep it going     and were no longer minors living at home.         the mother was X years old when she started

        for that long. The crime: forging her mother’s   In  the middle of  the  decades-long theft, she   collecting the widow benefits, what were the

        signature on the back of checks for widows’ ben-  filed for bankruptcy and claimed she had no      odds she was still living 20 years, 30 years or 40

        efits ... for 48 years.                          income, even though she was receiving the De-     years later? Couldn’t someone have asked for

        During all those years she continued to send in   partment of Veterans Affairs benefits checks all   verification? Or gone to the door? Just receiv-

        fraudulent paperwork while impersonating her     along.                                            ing handwritten forms over the years doesn’t
        mother -- who died in 1973 -- and continued      She’ll need to repay the $416,000 that she stole   seem like much of an effort to safeguard the

        to collect the money. Her excuse, when finally   (not likely to happen), but there’s no jail sen-  funds that are sent out.
        caught, was that her abusive husband told her    tence, only a year of home confinement, be-       That $416,000 (that they’ll likely never see

        to keep cashing the checks. She divorced him     cause the perp in this case is now 76 years old.  again) is a lot of money.
        and was then out from under his control, yet she   Why, inquiring minds want to know, does the     (c) 2023 King Features Synd., Inc.
        continued to cash the checks.
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