- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge man is accused of fraudulently receiving more than $400,000 in benefits from the Louisiana Teacher’s Retirement System over a span of 18 years.

In a Thursday news release, Attorney General Jeff Landry said 42-year-old Lester Joseph II is charged with forging his dead father’s signature on beneficiary checks and cashing them.

Landry said Joseph’s mother died in 1997, listing her husband as her beneficiary. Her husband died in October 1998. However, the teacher retirement system was unaware of his death and kept sending checks, which were cashed from 1999 until last year.

Landry said Joseph faces 201 felony theft counts and two counts of identity theft. Arrest records for Joseph were not available and it was unclear if he had an attorney who could comment.

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