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Man accused of hiding mom's death for 16 years to collect her Ohio pension

Wire • Mar 8, 2013 at 8:54 PM

A Washington state man is suspected of stealing more than $100,000 from the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System over more than 20 years.

A Franklin County grand jury indicted Raymond O’Dell last week on felony charges of theft, identity fraud and tampering with records stemming from collecting benefits on behalf of his deceased mother. O’Dell, 69, faces up to seven and a half years in prison if convicted.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Friday the case shows the state is serious about detecting and prosecuting fraud.

O’Brien said the charges against O’Dell “perhaps send a message to anyone else who might be thinking about that, that’s a no-no.”

O’Dell is accused of illegally collecting $102,448 since his mother died in 1989.

OPERS staff noticed the case through an audit of pensioners over age 100. One was Helen O’Dell, who began collecting benefits after her husband, a former Ohio Department of Transportation employee, died.


By Jackie Borchardt - Dayton Daily News, Ohio (MCT)

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