Scott County man accused of collecting dead mother's Social Security checks for 29 years

bestep@herald-leader.comJuly 13, 2014 

A Scott County man lied to the Social Security Administration and collected his dead mother's checks for 29 years, a federal grand jury has charged.

The grand jury charged Frederick Ray Clark with stealing federal survivor benefits and with making false statements.

The indictment, handed down last week, said Clark's mother, Martha Jane Clark, began getting payments from Social Security after her husband died.

Martha Jane Clark died in August 1985, and her benefits should have ended. However, the Social Security Administration was not informed of her death, according to the indictment.

As recently as May, Frederick Ray Clark told police from the agency that his mother had lived with him and his wife for 30 years and still did, the indictment said.

Clark, who also lived in Tennessee and Florida at times, stole federal benefits from September 1985 through May, the indictment charged.

That crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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