Honolulu man accused of taking dead mom's checks

Honolulu man accused of taking dead mom's checks
Steven Splater, in black shirt
Steven Splater, in black shirt

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Salt Lake man is accused of collecting more than $220,000 of his dead mother's disability payments.

A three-count federal indictment alleges that Steven Splater received the payments from the state for more than ten years.

"We've seen a lot of these kinds of cases lately in Hawaii and it's just a shame. These government benefits are intended for the living and not the dead," said Tom Simon, spokesman for the FBI.

Splater appeared at his arraignment in federal court today, where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI and the Hawaii Attorney General's office after a routine state audit uncovered several instances of disability and workers comp fraud.

Last year, Lynsie Katherine Williams admitted to pocketing over $400,000 of her deceased father's Hawaii workers comp benefits for over 20 years.

The state shelled out another $83,000 on behalf of an unidentified Kauai man, even though the man had been dead for several years.

"I'm sure there are more than three," said state Sen. Sam Slom, R-Hawaii Kai.

"I don't think the state is doing a good job on following up on this."

As for Splater, he was arrested this morning but was released under a $25,000 bond.

His trial is scheduled for March. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison for each of the fraud charges.

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