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Man indicted in Idaho for collecting Social Security benefits from deceased relative

BURLEY – An Oregon man pleaded guilty to collecting Social Security benefits from a relative in Idaho years after he died.

James Alvarado pleaded guilty to theft of government funds after acting U.S. Attorney Rafale Gonzalez filed charges this month. Charging documents indicate that Alvarado received Social Security benefits between 2016 and 2020 for someone who died on December 25, 2015, who is listed with the initials YES

An obituary reveals that Alvarado’s relative Jose Jaime Alvarado died that day at age 77.

Court records show that the Social Security Administration had paid JA’s benefits through a Zion’s bank account, but they were unaware that he had passed away in 2015. the account.

Alvarado had withdrawn almost all of the money, totaling $54,072, and used it for personal expenses.

Investigators spoke to Alvarado in January. Alvarado said he knew the Social Security Administration kept depositing money and knew the money didn’t belong to him. Alvarado said he knew he had to pay back the money but never did, according to court records.

Now that Alvarado pleads guilty to the charges on Oct. 6, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

“The defendant agrees to pay and is ordered to pay a $54,072 refund to the U.S. Social Security Administration,” the plea reads.

The sentencing for Alvarado is not yet scheduled.