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Man to be sentenced for collecting dead mom's checks

By Associated Press


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

Steven Splater is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in federal court.

He pleaded guilty in March to mail fraud.

An indictment alleged he collected Edith Splater's disability benefits even though she died in 2000.

The indictment says he filed documents with the state Department of Labor in 2003 saying he had power of attorney for his mother, 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.

He has said he collected the checks because his mother wanted him to do so.

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cojef wrote:
His mother wanted him to have the benefits??? Strange rationale??? The devil made me do it.
on June 22,2014 | 02:51PM
krusha wrote:
Yep, the only thing it made his mom do was turn over in her grave...
on June 23,2014 | 07:03AM
nitpikker wrote:
wouldn't you think anyone receiving entitlement should be required to prove they're alive yearly?
on June 23,2014 | 09:04AM
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