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Honolulu man sentenced for collecting dead mom's checks

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:50 p.m. HST, Jun 23, 2014

A federal judge is sentencing a Honolulu man to five months in prison and five months of home detention for collecting disability payments for his dead mother.

Steven Splater must also pay back the $200,000 he fraudulently collected from the state.

Defense attorney Alexander Silvert said Monday his client is also being sentenced to three years of supervised release.

Splater pleaded guilty in March to mail fraud.

An 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. Court documents say he deposited his late mother's benefits 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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hanabatadayz wrote:
only 5 months in prison?..what a bunch of bull
on June 23,2014 | 09:01PM
mineeyes wrote:
....because that's all the time his mother wanted him to do.
on June 23,2014 | 10:16PM
Konawayne wrote:
This shows how the government and especially the Social Security Administration is run. Reminds me of the Veterans Administration. About a decade ago they gave employees big raises to compete with the private sector. It is easy to bury your mistakes in the government, but it spills over at times. It starts with the employees and ethics. Ethics is lacking in many today, despite their comments to the contrary. Lie detector tests yearly would help. :( Of course, many can beat that so no short cuts. That lady should of been seen yearly and had an eye scan. He was only in prison 5 months because the judge really knew whose fault it was, Social Security.
on June 24,2014 | 01:24AM
nitpikker wrote:
fault lies with splater. he's a thief!
on June 24,2014 | 07:20AM
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