CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Jackson County man will be sentenced in May for collecting $10,100 in Social Security payments on behalf of his dead uncle.

Michael W. Smith, 36, of Sandyville recently plead guilty in U.S. District Court to theft of government money.  He could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and forced to pay back the full amount in restitution.

Federal prosecutors said, in October 2008, Smith became the representative payee for his uncle, James Conrad, and was allowed to receive payments on Conrad’s behalf.

However, after Conrad died in April 2009, investigators said Smith continued to collect the benefit payments up until July 2010.

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  • northforkfisher

    It sad they can catch him for certainly is a drop in the bucket. There is people who scam 10 times amount and some are elected into high offices, but you never know of them getting busted.

  • mountaineerforever

    Theft of government (taxpayer) money?? Heck, he ought to run for office. He's obviously qualified.

  • Kenny Riffle

    It is pretty sad someone would do that after the family member is dead after 2years.I quess any one will do anything for money these days.