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Friday, May 29, 2020

Pennsylvania women allegedly kept grandma's corpse in freezer for 15 years, collected Social Security checks: reports

5-More-Facts-You-Might-Not-Know-About-Social-SecurityA Pennsylvania woman was arrested Wednesday for allegedly keeping her dead grandmother in a freezer for 15 years while the family continued collecting her Social Security checks. The grandmother, Glenora Reckord Delahay, died in March 2004 at the age of 97. Delahay's granddaughter, 61-year-old Cynthia Carolyn Black, allegedly told police that she kept her grandmother's corpse because the family needed the money form her Social Security checks. 

Black claimed that she had even moved the the freezer to Dillsburg, more than 100 miles west of Ardmore. 

Police discovered the body in February 2019 while responding to a report regarding human remains inside a Warrington Township home. 

Black was arrested and taken into custody facing charges of abuse of corpse, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

See Bradford Bets, Pennsylvania women allegedly kept grandma's corpse in freezer for 15 years, collected Social Security checks: reports, Fox News, May 28, 2020. 

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/2020/05/pennsylvania-women-allegedly-kept-grandmas-corpse-in-freezer-for-15-years-collected-social-security-.html

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Comments

So let me get this straight: the woman was collecting SSI checks on someone who, if still alive, would be about 113 years old? I don't know how common this kind of crime is, but I wonder whether it would be cost-effective for taxpayers to do some kind of proof-of-life audit after a certain age. Chances of recovering any of the funds in this instance must be zip.

Posted by: Sheila Hard | May 31, 2020 1:02:24 PM

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