Man arrested for pension theft

Aug. 2, 2012 at 5:59 PM

VALENCIA, Spain, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A Valencia, Spain, man has been arrested for allegedly claiming his mother's pension for 20 years after her death, defrauding the government of $103,470.

The 34-year-old suspect's mother died in 1992, however, her death was never reported to the Social Security office. An investigation revealed her pension account remained open, and her son still had access.

He and his 33-year-old daughter allegedly knowingly spent money obtained by illegal means, police said. ThinkSpain reported the man also made regular bank transfers into his daughter's account.

Although the Social Security office does not have records for the account from 1992 to 1997, the man allegedly took $103,470 between 1997 and 2011. Officials expect the actual total he took to be higher.

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