Woman in New Hampshire Collected Social Security Keeping Mother’s Corpse

Woman in New Hampshire Collected Social Security Keeping Mother's Corpse

(ReliableNews.org) – The latest report from the Social Security Administration (SSA) showed the agency issued nearly $8 billion worth of improper payments during the fiscal year 2019. Social Security fraud takes place through a variety of means and methods. However, a recently discovered case took a turn to the bizarre.

On December 3, New Hampshire’s Bedford Police Department (BPD) issued a press release discussing the recent arrest of Kimberly Heller. According to the statement, BPD officers conducted a wellness check on Heller’s mother on October 25 after other family members reported they hadn’t seen her for several months.

Heller refused to allow police officers to enter the home, but they returned later in the day armed with a search warrant. To their horror, they discovered the elderly woman’s corpse.

A subsequent investigation and state medical examiner’s report confirmed Heller’s mother died of natural causes in May, shortly before Memorial Day. Investigators also determined in the absence of the filing of a death certificate, the Social Security Administration continued depositing monthly payments into her bank account.

Police arrested Heller in late November, and the court set a date for arraignment in early January 2022.

It’s important to remember this kind of crime isn’t victimless. A recent report indicated identity fraud cost Americans roughly $56 billion in 2020, with the AARP reporting imposter complaints rose from 478,000 to 718,000 during the 12 months ending on September 30, 2020.

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