Va. man pleads guilty to depositing dead mother's government checks
A Newport News man has pleaded guilty to depositing government checks intended for his deceased mother over an 18-year period, and admitted spending much of the money on crack cocaine and alcohol.
Gilbert Harges admitted to depositing 221 monthly Department of Veterans Affairs benefit checks for $191,669 after forging the signature of his mother, who was entitled to receive the checks after the death of her husband.
Her payments were supposed to stop when she died in February 1990, but Harges continued to deposit money into their joint account, according to court documents.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 7.
-- Daily Press
Washington Post Editors
February 16, 2010; 8:39 AM ET
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