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News 4 Investigates: Woman uses dead relative to steal Social Security benefits

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Rose Ann Witham stole $170,000 in Social Security benefits meant for her dead grandmother. Credit: KMOV Rose Ann Witham stole $170,000 in Social Security benefits meant for her dead grandmother. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Rose Ann Witham stole nearly $170,000 in Social Security benefits intended for her dead grandmother.

Investigators from Troy Turk's office fight to stop retirement and disability fraud.

Witham's crime spree went on for over 14 years, stealing her dead grandmother's social security retirement benefits. 

In court, News 4 Reporter Chris Nagus learned Witham also collected disability benefits totaling nearly $100,000. 

Turk's team said Witham isn't the only person who has collected money for the dead. He said criminals can get creative.

"We see individuals call and try to be that individual, we see people who would even dress up as someone else and take in and portray them to be the deceased individual," said Turk.

In 2016, the Office of Inspector General received more than 143,000 allegations of fraud. 

Reports show law enforcement referred approximately 3,000 cases, but most referrals came from local residents. 

To report Social Security fraud, click here.

For more details of Witham's case, click here.

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