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Arizona man accused of cashing dead mother’s benefits after burying her in the backyard

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A 97-year-old woman who died in December, was buried by her son in her backyard — all because he wanted to redeem her monthly benefit checks, Arizona authorities said.

Leonie Shannon’s body was found Wednesday in San Tan Valley, on the basis of a search warrant, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

Daniel Shannon, 66, was indicted for fraud and unauthorized removal of his mother’s body, the press release said.

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“Our detectives did a great job on this case, and in the placing of Mr. Daniels to the judge,” Sheriff Mark Lamb said. “These types of cases are especially difficult when the crimes of relatives.”

Mugshot for Daniel Shannon, 66,
(Pinal County Sheriff’s Office )

Detectives were tipped to the alleged scheme by a person who is involved, the mother had not seen in time, FOX10 Phoenix reported.

Shannon initially said the woman walked away and never returned, but then allegedly admitted she died on Dec. 21, to the station.

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The sheriff’s office, says Shannon decided not to report her death and buried her in the backyard, so that he could continue to cash the checks, she was drawing Social Security and the Veterans Administration, the station reported.

Shannon allegedly told detectives he needed to take advantage of money to help pay for a patent on his invention, the press release said.

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The sheriff’s office offered no information about the invention.

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