An Arlington man has been indicted for allegedly collecting more than $330,000 worth of annuity payments to his mother after her death, according to a statement by the US Attorney's office in Boston.
Laurence C. Weber, 66, was charged with one count of theft of government money, the release from US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said. Weber allegedly falsified verification forms from the Office of Personnel Management.
Weber allegedly, on three separate occasions, verified that his mother, the only legal recipient of the money who died in 1990, was still alive, according to the indictment.
Weber’s father, Herbert Weber, a retired employee of the US Postal Service, began receiving Civil Service Retirement System benefits in 1969. His wife, Mary, was granted a CSRS survivor annuity following her husband’s death in 1979, the indictment said.
The indictment indicated that Weber returned a 1991 OPM address verification form with his signature and a note stating, “My mother is unable to sign due to Alzheimer’s disease and severe arthritis.” In 1995, the indictment alleges, Weber once again returned the form indicating that he was signing on behalf of his mother. And in 2005, he returned a form including the purported signature of his mother, the indictment said.
If convicted, Weber faces up to 10 years in prison followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
The case was investigated by OPM, the Office of Eastern Operations, Office of the Inspector General, and the US Secret Service.
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