MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A St. Cloud man has been indicted on a charge of stealing veterans’ benefits.
Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Mitchell George Pederson has been charged with theft of government funds. He’s accused of stealing benefits that his mother was collecting as the spouse of a military member who died in action.READ MORE: Kaprizov Scores Twice, Wild Roll To 5-2 Win Against Devils
The benefits should have been terminated when she died in 2004, but prosecutors say Pederson continued to deposit them into his account.
A telephone number for Pederson could not immediately be found Friday.READ MORE: Shawn Clement, 36, Charged In Connection With 100+ Catalytic Converter Thefts
The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
A St. Cloud Times report says the indictment was filed Wednesday.MORE NEWS: How Did Minnesota Get So Many Lakes?
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