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Man to plead guilty to collecting dead mom's disability payments

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:58 a.m. HST, Mar 05, 2014

A Honolulu man is expected to plead guilty to defrauding the state out of more than $200,000 by collecting disability payments for his dead mother.

Steven Splater is scheduled to change his plea Wednesday in federal court. A federal indictment alleges he collected his mother's disability benefits even though she died in 2000.

He had pleaded not guilty after he was arrested in the parking lot of his Salt Lake apartment building in January.

The indictment says he filed documents with the state Department of Labor in 2003 saying he had power of attorney for his mother, Edith Splater, who he claimed was still alive. The court documents say he continued to receive her benefits, which he deposited into an account with her name that he accessed.

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nitpikker wrote:
makes you wonder how many people are collecting benefits fraudulently. with the change in society's morality it is ludicrous to leave it up to heirs/survivors to report a beneficiaries death when they make it so easy to keep cashing in the deceased benefits.
on March 5,2014 | 06:46AM
cojef wrote:
Living off the dead, scavanger is the best way to describe them. In the animal world of hyena and jackals.
on March 5,2014 | 07:13AM
joseph007 wrote:
His attorney originally said the "charges were groundless and my client will vindicate himself in court". How much money is required for an attorney to lie for you: answer: a contingent fee.
on March 5,2014 | 07:11AM
silvangold wrote:
oh come on............the banks have employees that as part of their job is to check obits and 'tag' safety box(es) until estate/taxes/courts settle issues. why can't SS office do the same???? yes, SS office is busy, BUT there has to be someone that could check obits......it just takes a few minutes of anyones' time. BUT WAIT in this day n age, isn't there some kind of a computer program some bright person could write for this HUGE issue??? AND, same smart person could get a program linking all insurance companies to the DMV so everyone HAS pay for auto insurance? There are too many 'crooks' out there just "chancing" it and driving without insurance....accidents happen then its the victim who has to pay for their own damages that the uninsured caused!
on March 5,2014 | 08:22AM
cojef wrote:
In California the DMV require an applicant for license plates to show proof of insurance. Also, insurance companies submit data to the DMV on auto insurance issued. In my case since my insurance carrier did not submit timely reports, when my notice was received, it indicated that I needed to submit proof of coverage with my application. I could have made it tough on my insurance carrier, but decided not to since I prepay my premiums twice a year.
on March 5,2014 | 11:57AM
Compassionate_Cat wrote:
Easy to check obits we live in a complacent society where few really care. It's depressing to work with people like that, just showing and getting paid without quality work.
on March 5,2014 | 09:20AM
lowtone123 wrote:
You'd think in this day and age that one state department (Labor) can access information from another state department (Health) to find a death certificate. In most states, a death certicficate is a matter of pubic record.
on March 5,2014 | 02:10PM
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