OVERLAND PARK, Kansas: A pair within the US state of Kansas has been charged with fraudulently amassing greater than US$215,000 in retirement advantages on behalf of a useless relative whereas they hid his physique inside their dwelling for six years.
Authorities say Mike Carroll’s pacemaker confirmed that he died in 2016 at age 81, however Overland Park police did not uncover his physique till 2022 after his son-in-law, Kirk Ritter, referred to as police to report his dying within the Kansas Metropolis suburb.
Prosecutors say Lynn Ritter and Kirk Ritter, each 61, continued depositing and spending from Carroll’s checking account even whereas his physique grew to become “mummified” on a mattress within the dwelling he owned. Lynn Ritter is Carroll’s daughter.
Relations instructed the Kansas Metropolis Star that the Ritters would repeatedly give them excuses about why Carroll might by no means take a cellphone name or go to whereas main them to imagine that Carroll was nonetheless alive.
The couple is because of seem in federal courtroom to face a number of costs on Feb 2. They didn’t reply to cellphone and electronic mail messages from the newspaper, and courtroom paperwork don’t checklist a defence legal professional representing them.
Prosecutors mentioned the pension and Social Safety funds Carroll acquired over the six years after his dying totalled US$216,067. However financial institution information from that point confirmed cheques being written from his checking account and cashed by Lynn and Kirk Ritter.