- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A Galveston man has pleaded guilty to fraudulently collecting more than $385,000 in retirement benefits intended for a person who died in 2003.

Prosecutors say 64-year-old John Stephen Davis pleaded guilty Monday to embezzlement and theft of federal government benefits. He faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

Davis admitted during his plea to obtaining power of attorney over the bank account of woman just weeks before her death. He then did not notify the government about the death so funds would continue to be deposited into that account.

Davis admitted he used the benefit payments for his own personal needs and expenses.

As part of his plea agreement, Davis was ordered to forfeit the amount he received as part of the scheme.

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