Thursday, May 18, 2006
Dana Price entereda guilty plea to defrauding the federal Office of Personnel Management of over $700,000 by not reporting her mother's death in 1983. The mother had been receiving survivor benefits based on her husband's service in the U.S. government, but that should have ended upon her death in September 1983. Dana, however, continued to received the checks, and contacted OPM to make changes in where the benefits would be send. According to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland's blog (here):
On January 9, 1989, Dana Price wrote a letter to OPM using her mother’s address and social security number, and signed it as Joan Price. She requested that OPM “send my checks to my home rather than directly deposit them into my checking account.” In 1993, Dana Price submitted a form to OPM using her mother’s name and address. In 1995, she again certified Joan’ Price’s name and address in a letter to OPM. The OPM form Dana Price signed contained a specific section that was to be filled out if the annuitant had died.
It was not until 2005 that the government figured out that the mother was dead, after Price received improper payments of $728,175.32. The guilty plea was entered two days after Mother's Day. (ph)