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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

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 16, 2010; 8:39 AM ET
Categories:  From the Courthouse , Virginia  
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who is supposed to notify the VA?!?

Posted by: mloaks | February 16, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Jimmy Crack Corn and I dont care, what you think the dealer was going to turn him in

Posted by: FrankMonzon | February 16, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

As part of his sentence, Mr. Harges should be required to perform community service in a Veterans Administration Hospital and as part of that requirement he should be made to explain to each and every veteran there the reasons he thought the money he stole should have been used to support his drug and alcohol problems rather than be used to provide care and support for disabled veterans who served honorably.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | February 16, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

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