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    Woman Who Stole Dead Mom’s Veterans Benefits for Nearly a Half Century Ordered to Repay

    Woman Who Stole Dead Mom’s Veterans Benefits for Nearly a Half Century Ordered to Repay

    For almost half a century, a woman stole her dead mother's veteran benefits, repeatedly forging her signature to keep up the scheme, according to court documents. Now, an Ohio judge sentenced her to repay the money and spend five years on probation.

    Irene Ferrin's mother died in January 1973, according to the sentencing memorandum. At the time of her death, the woman was receiving widow's benefits from the U.S. Veterans Administration in the form of a monthly $250 check.

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which was called the Veterans Administration at the time, was not properly notified of the woman's death. The department continued sending checks — and Ferrin began stealing them, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio's Western Division.

    Ferrin began stealing her dead mom's veterans benefits in 1973 and continued for 48 years, federal authorities said. Veterans Affairs caught the theft in 2021.

    The monthly payments were initially $250 but had increased to $1,357 by the time the scheme ended. Ferrin stole over 500 monthly payments worth $461,780 in total, according to the sentencing memorandum filed Jan. 12.

    Ferrin's attorney did not immediately respond to McClatchy News' request for comment on Jan. 20.

    Initially, Ferrin forged her deceased mother's signature to collect the checks, according to the memorandum. When Ferrin…

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