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Woman Admits Cashing $123,600 in Dead Dad’s Retirement Checks

August 27, 1992

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ A woman has admitted that she cashed her father’s government retirement checks for 24 years after he died, to the tune of more than $123,600.

Jeanne Maclean Lawson, 75, of Atlanta pleaded guilty Wednesday to bank fraud in federal court in Savannah and faces up to 30 years in prison. A sentencing date was not set.

Prosecutors said Ms. Lawson drove from Atlanta to the post office in Folkston, in southeast Georgia, to pick up the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board checks made out to her father, Edmond R. Maclean.

″I just picked Folkston, no reason really,″ she said.

Ms. Lawson’s father died in August 1967 at age 80. Investigators discovered he was dead during a review of all retirees over 100.

Prosecutors claimed Ms. Lawson sometimes changed her father’s address to make it appear he was still alive, and at least twice told the board her father was alive and was not receiving his benefits.

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