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Man kept dead mom in Kentucky freezer for 3 years
Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader ^ | May 7, 2014 | Bill Estep

Posted on 05/07/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT by Gamecock

SOMERSET, Ky. — A Kentucky man kept his dead mother in a freezer for three years while spending her Social Security checks, then killed himself as police tried to unravel the mystery of what happened to her, according to the Pulaski County sheriff’s office.

Police suspect that Jon Whiteford dumped the body of his mother, Faye B. Whiteford, who would have been 96 this year, at an empty house after he was forced to move out of the home they had shared.

A detective found the body on April 23, wrapped in a tarp and lying in the yard, according to a news release issued yesterday.

The grim case began to unfold in February, when federal investigators contacted Sheriff Todd Wood for help in locating Faye Whiteford, a retired school teacher, and her son.

The Social Security Administration was paying monthly benefits to Faye Whiteford, but she had not logged a medical claim in her name for about three years — an obvious red flag, given her age.

Federal agents told sheriff’s detectives that Whiteford’s son had access to her finances.

Detectives went to Whiteford’s home in Science Hill, but it was empty.

In early March, police located Jon Whiteford, 59, when he went to the Social Security office in Somerset to apply for benefits in his name.

Whiteford told police that his home had been repossessed and that he had been living in his car.

He also confirmed that his mother was dead, but he refused to say how or when she died or tell them where her body was.

As police investigated, they learned that Jon Whiteford was staying at a house next door to where he had lived with his mother in Science Hill.

A deputy went to the house on March 29 to talk to Whiteford again. As the deputy stood at the door, Whiteford pulled a pistol and killed himself, said Lt. detective Brett Whitaker.

Police kept trying to find out what had happened to Faye Whiteford. They eventually received information suggesting that her son had been trying to rent a house in neighboring Wayne County.

On April 23, Whitaker went to that house, an older structure in need of repair in a rural area.

Whitaker found a tied-up tarpaulin lying in the yard beside the driveway at the house, with Faye Whiteford’s body inside.

The body’s identity was confirmed this week, state police said.

The investigation indicated that Faye Whiteford had been bedridden for several years, and that her son was her primary caregiver and had control of her finances. She didn’t have other close relatives nearby, Whitaker said.

People who knew the family said Whiteford died of natural causes sometime in 2011.

Jon Whiteford decided to continue drawing his mother’s Social Security and retirement benefits, making the “fateful decision” to her body in a freezer until he was forced to move out of their home, according to Wood’s office.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: cultureofcorruption; socialsecuritychecks; welfarestate

1 posted on 05/07/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT by Gamecock
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Was that wrong?


2 posted on 05/07/2014 10:03:02 AM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: Gamecock

I wonder how ‘she’ voted.


3 posted on 05/07/2014 10:04:36 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Gamecock
"A detective found the body on April 23, wrapped in a tarp and lying in the yard..."

Hmmm, April 23rd - would have been ghastly to discover it May 11th....

4 posted on 05/07/2014 10:05:32 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

I heard they found a family in Lloyd Braun’s freezer.

Serenity now. Insanity later.


5 posted on 05/07/2014 10:05:34 AM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: Gamecock

Would it be tacky to ask that McConnell take her place for the next three years????


6 posted on 05/07/2014 10:05:37 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: Gamecock

My initial reaction: That poor woman.
My secondary reaction: Welcome to the DemoncRAT Party.


7 posted on 05/07/2014 10:06:45 AM PDT by OriginalChristian (The end of America, as founded, began when the first Career Politician was elected...)
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To: Gamecock

I saw the movie already.

8 posted on 05/07/2014 10:07:46 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Gamecock

“A Kentucky man kept his dead mother in a freezer for three years”

Doesnt everyone?


9 posted on 05/07/2014 10:08:35 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Gamecock
The Social Security Administration was paying monthly benefits to Faye Whiteford, but she had not logged a medical claim in her name for about three years — an obvious red flag, given her age.

Wonder what else might be considered a "red flag" under Obamacare? With all the inevitable shared databases, the possibilities are endless. Might be cut off if you buy too much red meat. (First they came for junk food junkies, but...)

10 posted on 05/07/2014 10:12:41 AM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: Gamecock
Was that wrong?

Of course. Whiteford wasn't kicking back any of the fruits of government fraud to Obama and his minions.

11 posted on 05/07/2014 10:13:37 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Ezekiel
"The Social Security Administration was paying monthly benefits to Faye Whiteford, but she had not logged a medical claim in her name for about three years — an obvious red flag, given her age."

Actually, that's a good point. The SSA really should be checking for these scenarios and periodically verifying that the person is still alive, as a fraud prevention measure.

12 posted on 05/07/2014 10:21:58 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

Nah. That would just disenfranchise the Dems prime voting demographic. </sarc>


13 posted on 05/07/2014 10:26:56 AM PDT by Gamecock (The covenant is a stunning blend of law and love. (TK))
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To: Gamecock
As the deputy stood at the door, Whiteford pulled a pistol and killed himself, said Lt. detective Brett Whitaker.

The wages of crime.

14 posted on 05/07/2014 10:27:40 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: DannyTN

But they should keep the audit expenses in line with the amount of fraud occurring.


15 posted on 05/07/2014 10:29:57 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Gamecock
Nah. That would just disenfranchise the Dems prime voting demographic.

Got to keep those dead voters on the rolls.

16 posted on 05/07/2014 10:30:54 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Gamecock

17 posted on 05/07/2014 10:34:27 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: DannyTN

The SSA really should be checking for these scenarios and periodically verifying that the person is still alive,...”

I’m sure that’s going to happen real soon. Always been my thought that people should have to reapply in person with SSA at least every three years or they get dropped from the rolls.

I’m sure the Whiteford case was only the tip of the iceberg. Once you apply for a SS# and receive your card it’s yours for life and even after death.


18 posted on 05/07/2014 10:35:56 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Gamecock

Mother's Day feel-good story < |:/~

19 posted on 05/07/2014 10:37:42 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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‘As the deputy stood at the door, Whiteford pulled a pistol and killed himself’

We fixed the glitch.


20 posted on 05/07/2014 10:38:34 AM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: Gamecock
His obit here.
21 posted on 05/07/2014 10:39:11 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Grams A

I don’t actually think that type of fraud occurs that often, and when it does it makes headline news.

I wouldn’t have all SSA recipients re-register every 3 years. The cost would be enormous and would probably dwarf any fraud savings.

An audit approach would be more useful. Medical claims are a pretty good indication the person is still alive. At least there is a medical office that has been presented an ID. Auditing SSA recipents who have a history of medical claims that suddenly stops cold turkey would be an excellent audit.


22 posted on 05/07/2014 10:41:18 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Gamecock

I am surprised he suicided. He probably would have been relatively comfortable in prison.


23 posted on 05/07/2014 10:48:57 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (FIGHT! FIGHT! SEVERE CONSERVATIVE AND THE WILD RIGHT!)
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To: martin_fierro

Boy he really cleaned up well in that obit.


24 posted on 05/07/2014 11:10:50 AM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: peteyd

He “passed away suddenly”...

I bet.


25 posted on 05/07/2014 11:12:17 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (IN-SAPORIBVS-SICVT-PVLLVM)
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To: Gamecock

and she’ll be thawed out for the next presidential election and vote Dumocrap.


26 posted on 05/07/2014 11:18:06 AM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: martin_fierro

Obit Is Priceless!


27 posted on 05/07/2014 11:18:14 AM PDT by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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To: Gamecock

He can get you a deal on gum.


28 posted on 05/07/2014 11:29:38 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: DannyTN
re: auditing pensions

The MA pension system does it quite efficiently. Every two years, there's a form that has to be signed and notarized. It's suggested that it be done at the bank where the check is deposited.

I'd be uncomfortable with being tagged for not using my Medicare.

29 posted on 05/07/2014 11:29:51 AM PDT by grania
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To: Ezekiel

Some “red flag”...the Social Security Administration pays out millions of dollars in benefits each year to recipients who have passed on.

One of the worst examples involved a man in his 60s who passed away. It was discovered that he will still cashing his father’s social security check; the father passed away in 1971, but junior kept collecting his benefits for almost 40 years. SSA never found it odd that they were still paying a monthly check to a beneficiary who was 117 years old.

Do a Google search and you can easily find examples of relatives who collected social security benefits of dead family members for 20 years—or longer.


30 posted on 05/07/2014 11:36:54 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: Gamecock
Was that wrong?

"Was that wrong? Should I have not done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frowned upon, you know, ‘cause I've worked in a lot of offices and I tell you people do that all the time."

31 posted on 05/07/2014 11:54:55 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Gamecock
The Social Security Administration was paying monthly benefits to Faye Whiteford, but she had not logged a medical claim in her name for about three years — an obvious red flag, given her age.

I guess I'll be hearing from them soon. My mother hasn't been to her useless socialist doctor for about four years.

32 posted on 05/07/2014 12:03:57 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Gamecock

Memo to self:

If you are going to put mom in a freezer and continue to cash her Social Security checks, cut a deal with a corrupt Medicare doctor first, as the Feds are going to check and see if she is showing up for her checkups.

Thank you, Lexington Herald-Leader!


33 posted on 05/07/2014 12:08:56 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ExNewsExSpook; cyn

Figure they let these guys keep on cashing so when the SSA wants to appear vigilant, they can snag a few token dumbasses. Easy to find these morons when need be (selective attention to red flags).

Meanwhile, the fraud keeps on keeping on. The government loves fraud, that’s justification for more money for them to “fight” it, for starters. Destroying the taxpayer’s ability to get ahead in life is high on fedzilla’s bucket list, so no wonder beast.gov freely gives the productive class’s money away to the dead.


34 posted on 05/07/2014 1:16:59 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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