Man Accused Of Spending Deceased Father’s VA Payments
By Mike Perleberg
(Aurora, Ind.) – An Aurora man is accused of collecting thousands of dollars of his father’s Veterans Affairs benefits after his father had passed away.
Shannon Lozier, 39, was charged on April 7 with Welfare Fraud (Class C felony) and Theft (Class D felony) in Dearborn Superior Court II.
Lozier’s father, Gerald Lozier, died in August of 2012. About $3,100 was deposited into the account each month after his death.
According to a court affidavit filed by Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit investigators, between September of 2012 and February of 2013 Shannon Lozier allegedly collected $18,704 by taking control of the bank account his father had used to receive the benefits.
Lozier withdrew $13,000 from the account. He told investigators that the first payment was divided among he and his three sisters, but used subsequent benefit payments to pay bills and “honestly, just kinda spent it,” according to the affidavit.
Detectives later learned that Lozier frequented area casinos. Gambling records allegedly indicated that Lozier had losses of thousands of dollars at the casinos, with a majority of the losses in 2012 and 2013 consistent with the VA payments.
Lozier was arrested on a warrant April 22. He remains held in jail on a $5,000 cash bond. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for June 3 in Dearborn Superior Court II.