A federal complaint accuses a man of impersonating his dead mother to collect more than $222,000 in benefits from the Wayne County Employees Retirement System.
Forty-eight-year-old Craig Munro of North Carolina faces a possible 20-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted of mail fraud. He used to live in Wayne County.
Munro's father was a county civil engineer who died in 1989 and his mother received survivor benefits until her death in 1996. The complaint filed this week in US District Court says Craig Munro collected the money until May 2006.
He has not been arraigned and his case likely will be transferred to federal court in North Carolina.