Chattanooga Man Continued To Collect His Mother's Social Security Checks For 12 Years After She Died

Friday, July 19, 2019

Authorities said a Chattanooga man continued to collect his mother's Social Security checks for 12 years after she died.

Clyde Lester Naftzger on Friday was ordered to repay the Social Security Administration $67,609.

He will be on probation for five years.

Naftzger appeared before Federal Judge Travis McDonough.

He earlier pleaded guilty to theft of government money.

Prosecutor Perry Piper said Lorena Naftzger died in February 2005. Her son had access to his mother's bank account. The government continued to deposit $533 per month into the account until an investigation in 2017 found that Ms. Naftzger was long dead.

Naftzger said he used the money to pay for her funeral, pay taxes on her home and for groceries and utilities.


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