GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A Burtonsville man has pleaded guilty to stealing his late father’s Social Security payments for nearly 20 years.
Fifty-year-old Thomas Jefferson Kirby Jr. pleaded guilty to theft of government property in federal court in Greenbelt on Monday. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison at sentencing Dec. 16.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Maryland: Hospitalizations & Positivity Rate Decline Saturday
According to his plea agreement, Kirby’s father received Social Security payments, which were made to a bank account on which the younger Kirby was a co-signer.READ MORE: ‘I’m Terrified’ At Least 20 People Shot This Week In Baltimore; Police Identify Victim of Deadly Mass Shooting
Prosecutors say the elder Kirby died in April 1994, but his death was not reported to the Social Security Administration, which paid more than $350,000 in benefits until December 2013.
Prosecutors say Kirby used the money to pay his own expenses.MORE NEWS: 12-Year-Old Girl Hospitalized After Baltimore Hit & Run
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