California man steals Social Security benefits from dead friend

A California man has been accused of spending the Social Security benefits of someone who died in 1988.

The total comes to more than $200,000, The Sacramento Bee reports.

The California man shared a joint account with the person who died, and it wasn’t reported to the Social Security Administration.

According to the Social Security Web site, when a person dies, a family member or person responsible for the beneficiary’s affairs should notify the agency and notify the bank if the benefits were sent direct deposit. If they were sent by checks, the checks should be returned.

How do you think criminals who steal Social Security should be prosecuted? How do you think this should be regulated to prevent it from happening?

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