A man from St. Louis, Missouri, confessed to cashing his deceased mother’s social security checks for the past 26 years, authorities say.
On Thursday, 62-year-old Reginald Bagley pleads guilty to a felony charge of stealing money that belonged to the United States, the Department of Justice noted.
Bagley could receive up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is punished in March.
Bagley confessed that his mother died on March 12, 1994, but her death wasn’t reported to the Social Security Administration. A bank account was opened in 1998 so that her benefits would be directly deposited there. Additionally, statements went to Bagley’s residence in either his name or his mother’s.
Sources indicate that the SSA attempted to reach out to the mother via a letter because she wasn’t using her Medicare benefits.
Bagley then swiftly closed the bank account and obtained a cashier’s check for the remainder of the balance on July 24, 2020.
It is reported that Bagley stole $197, 329 in social security benefits from April 1, 1994, to July 31, 2020.
Bagley will be sentenced for his actions on March 29, 2023.