A federal indictment handed up this week accuses a Lafayette Parish woman of concealing her relatives’s 1984 death from the Social Security Administration so she could continue to collect his $1,000 monthly retirement benefits for about 27 years.
The indictment charges Hazel A. Broussard with 46 counts of mail fraud.
Broussard was living with her uncle, Joseph Nelson Robertson, when Robertson died April 8, 1984, at age 75, according to the indictment, filed Wednesday and made public Thursday.
Broussard is accused of devising a scheme that would allow her to continue to collect her uncle’s retirement checks even though she was not eligible to receive them, the indictment says.
Broussard is also accused of sending a change-of-address form through the mail to the Social Security Administration, which caused the agency and the U.S. Postal Service to deliver Robertson’s benefits to 515 Orchid Drive, where Broussard lived.
The 46 counts of mail fraud stem from checks that were mailed to Robertson in amounts that ranged from $1,037 to $1,127. The checks date from May 2007 through March 2011, according to the indictment.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not return calls seeking comment Friday.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph T. Mickel.
No attorney is listed for Broussard, according to federal online court records