Louisiana Man Accused of Collecting Late Mother's Social Security Benefits

Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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Federal prosecutors have filed a theft charge against a New Orleans man accused of collecting his mother's Social Security benefits for 26 years after her death. A court filing Thursday charges 65-year-old Bertrand R. Taylor with one count of theft of government funds. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the charge. Prosecutors say Taylor failed to inform the Social Security Administration that his mother died in June 1984. He allegedly pocketed more than $175,000 of her monthly benefits and spent the money on himself.