NJ man accused of collecting dead mom's benefits

October 22, 2013 11:09:56 AM PDT
Prosecutors say a northern New Jersey man illegally collected more than $72,000 in Veterans Affairs payments following his mother's death.

Joseph Taradyna of Wyckoff is charged with theft by deception.

Bergen County prosecutors say the 48-year-old Taradyna shared a bank account with his mother, and he never notified VA officials after she died in April 2009. He then continued to receive wire transfers that were deposited into the account by the VA for the next five years, collecting $72,900 overall that he used for personal expenses.

It was not known Tuesday if Taradyna has retained an attorney. A phone number for him could not be located.