No one told the federal government that R.S. died on March 26, 1990.
And on Monday, in federal court in Camden, it became clear why.
Michael Shelton, 65, of Pennsauken, admitted to U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle that for years he had been taking Social Security checks coming in the name of his late father, a man identified in court papers only as R.S.
Over the years, the checks totaled $204,606, each deposited in a bank account that Shelton opened in his father's name after his father's death.