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Honolulu man sentenced for collecting dead mom’s checks

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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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