Detroit Man Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For Impersonating Dead Relatives And Stealing $800,000 In Government Benefits
A federal judge in Detroit has sentenced a Detroit man to 24 months in federal prison. 64-year-old Kendrick Allen Gills was accused of stealing more than $800,000 from the federal government. Gills impersonated two deceased relatives for decades in order to collect their government benefits.
Gills was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow. After the conclusion of his prison term, Gills must also spend three years on supervised release. The Court further ordered Gills to pay full restitution to the government.
Gill’s relative Jack Farmer passed away sometime in 2004. At that time, Farmer was receiving a federal pension from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The OPM was unaware of his death. As a result, they continued to issue monthly Treasury checks in Farmer’s name. The erroneous payments continued for approximately 14 years for a total of $566,547.00.