A Scituate, Rhode Island, man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently collecting more than $250,000 in Social Security benefits intended for his mother for years after she died.
Luke Clarke pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Providence to theft of government funds. He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 12.
Federal prosecutors say after the 72-year-old Clark's mother died in 1998, the Social Security Administration was never notified of her death and he continued to receive her monthly retirement benefits of more than $1,500 that were deposited into a joint bank account. He continued receiving checks until last October.