Man pleads guilty to benefits theft

CLARKSBURG (AP) — A 26-year-old Salem man could get as many as 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for stealing his late grandmother’s Veterans Administration benefits.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld says Brandon Lee Floyd pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Clarksburg last week to one count of forging a signature on a U.S. Treasury check.

In all, prosecutors say Floyd cashed 18 checks and collected just under $12,000 between January 2010 and June 2011.

Court records show the checks were intended for his grandmother, Beatrice Floyd, who had died in December 2009 but continued receiving pension benefits.

Floyd is free on bond until his sentencing before U.S. Magistrate John Kaull.

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