Missouri Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing $340,000

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KANSAS CITY, Mo (WNY News Now) – A Missouri man pleaded guilty for stealing over $340,000 dollars from his grandmother’s veteran survivor benefits for 30 years after her death.

67-year-old Jeffery Tyler waived his rights and pleaded guilty to theft of government property.

Tyler admitted to spending $340,934 dollars in veteran survivor benefits from his grandmother’s bank account on his own personal expenses.

His grandmother had received the benefits from her husband’s military service.

She died on November 26, 1993, but the benefits continued to be deposited into her account. Receiving $1,110 dollars a month, totaling $13,320 dollars a year.

Bank records show the money was spent on Tyler’s personal expenses, including hundreds of signed checks for water and electric bills.

The total amount of benefits converted by Tyler totaled approximately $338,316 dollars. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Tyler must pay $340,934 dollars in restitution to the government.

Under federal statutes, Tyler is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole.

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the investigation by the United States Probation Office.


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