Man pleads guilty to cashing aunt’s Social Security checks

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A Klamath Falls man has pleaded guilty to theft of government funds after collecting more than $458,000 of his aunt’s Social Security checks for years after she died. A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office says investigators began monitoring George Doumar in 2020 after the Social Security Administration identified a 114-year-old woman who was still receiving benefits. Prosecutors say the last update to her record was a 1989 address change to Klamath Falls. Investigators obtained her death certificate saying she died in 1971 in Brooklyn, New York. They also found that Doumar collected Social Security to the same Klamath Falls address. When investigators asked, prosecutors say Doumar said he had been collecting her Social Security.