A 71-year-old man has been arrested and has pleaded guilty for illegally receiving social security benefits that were meant for his late mother who had passed away a long time ago, Yahoo News reports. Frank Pospisil who lives in Kettering, Ohio is blamed for illegally receiving a total of $230,000 in social security survivor benefits that were in fact meant for his mother who had passed away 33 years ago, in 1981.
Pospisil who was 38 at the time of his mother’s death pleaded one count of theft of government property and said, “Guilty, your Honor,” when asked by U.S. District Court Judge Michael R. Barrett about his crime.
According to the government prosecutors, Pospisil is alleged to have received a monthly social security check that was meant only for his mother. The checks continued to arrive for 33 years – from August 1981 until March 2014, all after she had died. In all, the government spent a total of $230,479 for Pospisil’s mother who had died a long time ago. The average check value works out to nearly $588 per month for the 392 months that elapsed since his mother’s death. Prosecutors allege that Frank Pospisil’s mother had died on July 8, 1981 and Frank was somehow able to elude investigation and prosecution by authorities for all these years.
The U.S. District Court in Dayton where the case is being heard, has not yet set a date for the sentencing for Pospisil. According to reports, there are chances of Pospisil getting a mere probation or up to a maximum of 10 years in prison. A fine of $250,000 could also be imposed. It is highly likely that the prosecutors would press for seeking restitution for the Social Security Administration.
It is unclear as to why Frank Pospisil, who is listed as an engineering consultant needed the social security money meant for his mother when he was in all likelihood making enough money from his employment. According to the Dayton Daily News, Frank works with companies without environmental, safety and health staff and helps them remain in compliance with government regulations.
The court has directed Frank Pospisil not to leave the Southern District Of Ohio until his sentencing and has also warned him to stay away from gambling institutions as he is a person known to be addicted to gambling. Pospisil originally belonged to New York and had previously worked an engineer with Unison Industries, a division of General Electric. He retired in 2005
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