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People Go to Extremes to Keep Deceased’s Benefits

October 20, 2008 06:15 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
In the last year, some people have taken desperate steps to keep government benefit checks coming in.

Collecting Money Meant for the Dead

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David Daloia and James O’Hare faced charges after they tried to cash their friend’s $355 welfare check, the New York Post reported. Virgilio Cintron had recently died, and when the check-cashing store said he had to be present in order to honor the check, the men rolled him down New York City’s streets in an office chair.

“A police detective lunching at a nearby restaurant saw Cintron, decided right away he was dead, and questioned Daloia and O'Hare, who ended up spending the next three days under arrest,” the Post said.

According to the New York Times, it was believed Cintron died of natural causes.

In upstate New York, a man’s lawyer contacted police to tell them a woman, Herta Auslander, had died last year. Auslander’s son, Roland, allegedly kept the woman’s body in a freezer while he collected her Social Security benefits, the Associated Press reported. Her body was discovered last week, and an autopsy determined she died of natural causes.
In Corning, Calif., a man and his mother were arrested last week and could face charges of embezzlement, disposing of a corpse without a permit, and elder abuse. Tony Ray, 30, and Kathleen Allmond, 50, have been accused of cremating Ramona Allmond, Kathleen Allmond’s mother, in their backyard, then collecting her retirement benefits, AP reported. Authorities think Ramona Allmond died of natural causes in December. The money her daughter and grandson collected totaled more than $25,000, AP said, and the scheme was allegedly uncovered when Ramona Allmond’s son became suspicious of her absence.
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