Son Tapped Dead Grandfather’s CU Account For Social Security Payments

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A member of Kirtland FCU last week pleaded guilty to stealing $75,000 in Social Security benefits that were paid into his dead grandfather’s credit union account for six years after the death of the man.

Kenneth Lopez, 47, pleaded guilty to theft of government funds by continuing to cash Social Security payments that were being paid through 2009 into a joint account he had with his grandfather, who died in February 2003.

Since $48,000 of the payments occurred within the statute of limitations, Lopez only was charged with theft of $13,000.


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