Feds: Boardman woman collected $332K in retirement benefits from deceased relative
Federal investigators say a Boardman woman has been collecting more than $300,000 in social security benefits from a relative who passed away nearly twenty years ago.
A federal grand jury has indicted Laura J. Entrikin on charges of bank fraud, theft of government property, and aggravated identity theft.
According to the indictment, since 1991, Entrikin has cashed 147 checks totaling $322,322 from the Key Bank account of a person identified in the indictment only as “B.E.”
According to Mahoning County Probate Court records, Laura Entrikin was listed as the sole fiduciary of the estate of Barbara Ann Entrikin.
Investigators say that although “B.E” died on December 26, 1990, Social Security continued depositing retirement benefits into “B.E.'s” bank account. Entrikin allegedly forged “B.E.'s” name on the checks, according to the indictment.
Entrikin is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on October 2 for an arraignment on the charges.