Family Charged with Hiding 1997 Death

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Sunday, October 15 2006 Oct 15, 2006 Sunday, October 15, 2006 8:26:49 PM CDT October 15, 2006 in News
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HANNIBAL - Three family members of a deceased northeast Missouri man face charges that they hid the man's death in 1997 in order to collect his Social Security benefits. A federal grand jury last week in St. Louis indicted Betty McWilliams of Maywood, widow of the late Larry McWilliams. Also indicted were his son, Kris Allen McWilliams, and daughter, Kimberly Ann Ferguson, both of Lewistown. The three are charged with five counts of theft-embezzlement of U.S. property. None could be reached for comment today. Lewis County authorities say Larry McWilliams of Maywood died in January 1997, but that his death was not reported to authorities, allegedly so the family could continue to receive his Social Security and disability benefits. Authorities say the body was burned on the family farm.

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