September 23, 2014

Woman kept getting Social Security checks after friend died in 1998

A Kimball woman has been placed on probation and ordered to make $177,000 in restitution for continuing to receive the Social Security checks of a friend who died in 1998.

Federal prosecutors say 74-year-old Lois Powell had been added to the friend’s account as a signor. The friend died in 1998. The Social Security checks kept coming. Powell pleaded guilty to cashing the checks, which totaled $177,675.

Federal Judge Joseph Bataillon sentenced Powell to probation and ordered restitution.