Theft of Dead Mothers VA Benefits Earns Lyndell Simmons 5 Years in Prison!

May 17, 2008

And who says that every choice has no consequence? Bull! No matter what you do, the choices you make today will have a profound impact on you tomorrow and in the future.

A Lubbock man, Lyndell Simmons,age 46, who pled guilty in January to theft of government money or property, was sentenced to 60 months (five years) in prison and ordered to pay $21,529 restitution to the Department of Veterans Administration (VA).

According to documents filed in Court, Louise Simmons, Lyndell Simmons’ mother, was a beneficiary of VA Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Benefits. In March 2007, an investigation was initiated by the VA, Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigation Division, after a complaint alleged that Ms. Simmons had not returned a marital status questionnaire. An investigation revealed that Ms. Simmons died on November 10, 2004.

STOP…She died in 2004? Well, how in the world did a dead woman cash checks? That is the question that began Simmons undoing!

Further investigation revealed that from approximately December 1, 2004 to March 1, 2007, Lyndell Simmons cashed approximately 22 VA benefits checks made payable to his mother, forging endorsements on each check. He cashed the checks and used the money for his own personal use.

NOTICE: Often it is not the magnitude of the crime and causes the time. In this case it seems the judge considered in the sentence not only the amount stolen, but the form the crime took. Stealing from the government your dead mothers benefits is cold.

White Collar Crime speaker – Chuck Gallagher – signing off…