- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Galveston man for years fraudulently collected more than $385,000 in retirement benefits intended for a person who died in 2003.

The U.S. attorney’s office said Monday that 64-year-old John Stephen Davis is charged with theft of federal government benefits. Authorities say he collected checks issued by the Social Security Administration and the Office of Personnel Management.

Davis is scheduled to make an initial court appearance later this week.

Authorities say Davis had power of attorney over the bank account of the person who died in 2003. They contend he never notified the government of the death and for years collected the person’s benefit checks.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

Online court records did not indicate an attorney for Davis.

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