Cleveland woman charged in theft of $1 million in benefits

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – A Cleveland woman was indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury for taking nearly $1 million in fraudulent social security and state pension payments.

Eva J. Allen, 73, of East Cleveland, is accused of forging documents to continue collecting both Social Security and Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) pension benefits in the name of a relative who is deceased.

The fraud went on for nearly 23 years, beginning in 1991.

The total of the payments is estimated to be more than $650,000 from OPERS and more than $290,000 from Social Security.

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